Cyclone Seroja: The Road to Recovery

Our thoughts are with everybody throughout the Northern Agricultural Region who have been impacted by TC Seroja. If there is anything we can do to help, please get in contact with your RALF team.

There are a few avenues currently available for financial relief, each with its own eligibility requirements. We have compiled some details here for you:

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) provides one-off financial assistance to eligible Australians adversely affected by Tropical Cyclone Seroja.

The rate of AGDRP is $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child. This support is available for people who have been seriously injured; have lost their homes; whose homes have been directly damaged; whose major assets have been directly damaged; or are the immediate family members of a person who has died as a direct result of Tropical Cyclone Seroja. You have until 15 October 2021 to lodge a claim for AGDRP in the local government areas of Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Morawa, Northampton, Perenjori and Three Springs. The easiest way to apply is to contact the Australian Government Information Hotline on 180 22 66 for claims assistance.  For more information on eligibility, visit the Services Australia website: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/tropical-cyclone-seroja-april-2021-australian-government-disaster-recovery-payment

As part of Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements WA (DRFAWA), relief measures are available to assist in meeting the needs of primary producers whose assets or primary production business has been affected by a disaster for which the DRFA have been invoked. It does not replace private insurance but may be helpful for some instances:

https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/emergency-response/disaster-recovery-funding-arrangements

There are several eligibility requirements, but there is assistance in certain cases for:

  • Professional advice (reimbursement of fees where advice was sought as a direct result of the disaster)
  • Interest rate subsidy -may be available for new loans to repair/replace assets that have been damaged or destroyed. 
  • Freight subsidy- Reimbursement to the primary producer to a maximum of 50% of the costs of transporting any of the following items as a direct result of the disaster; Livestock, Fodder or water for livestock, and Building or fencing equipment or machinery. 
  • Fencing reimbursement

See here for further information: https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/recovery/Pages/Primary-Producers.aspx. Submissions are to be made online, by the 14th October 2021.

Western Power have extended their regular outage payment, doubling it for those who have been without power for more than 48 hours due to the cyclone. The rebate is now $160. Claims need to be submitted online:

https://www.westernpower.com.au/faults-outages/make-a-claim/extended-outage/

Widespread damaged remnant vegetation has occurred as a result of Seroja, and extensive work will need to be done for vegetation to regenerate. We have spoken to Ian Pulbrook of Greenoil Nursery in Mingenew, who had a couple of suggestions for land managers who have lost a lot of trees through remnant vegetation patches on their properties. There has been a lot of seed dispersal as a result of falling branches and trees, which given the right conditions should germinate and kick start the bush land recovery process. If you’re keen to help this along, excluding stock from the areas where you can until new saplings are bigger will yield benefits. There is also likely to be a large flush of weeds through thes areas.If you are able to carry out some weed control in the bushland later this yearwill also reduce the weed seed bank.

For anybody already thinking about planting trees in 2022, we are more than happy to provide advice where we can. If you have areas of remnant vegetation that you would like to protect please get in touch with NACC NRM to see if your area fits the criteria for fencing or revegetation incentives under some of our current projects. 

Blaze Aid Assistance for fencing

Blaze Aid have provided assistance for fencing and have passed on a message from their incredible team.

Hi everyone, Blazeaid will be setting up a base camp at Yuna to assist farmers, initially to restore fencing. Please register with the Shire or with us directly if you would like our help, particularly if you have stock to contain. We’re compiling information about the areas that are affected and plan to start working on May 1st. If we have sufficient volunteers, we will help farmers with anything they need.

We are looking forward to working with the community.

Kind regards,

Ed- 0427614540 

Judy- 0427614546

If you would like Blazeaid to help in your community, please contact Ed or Judy. They will need to establish somewhere locally to set up a base camp so speak to your community too.

From our farms to yours, we wish you a speedy recovery and a smooth seeding season.

Annabelle Garratt & Lizzie King – Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitators

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