In the Wake of the Storm – Environmental Recovery and Preparedness

On the 11th of April 2021 Tropical Cyclone Seroja (TC Seroja) hit the Midwest coast of Western Australia in an unusually extreme weather event. Initially making landfall upon the town of Kalbarri, TC Seroja continued inland through the Shires of Northampton, Mingenew, Morawa and Perenjori bringing record-breaking wind speeds that caused widespread environmental debris and damage. Many of the communities within the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR) were significantly impacted by TC Seroja and are still grappling with the recovery of environmental conditions.

These events have highlighted the need for improved preparedness as climatic conditions increase the risk profile in the Midwest. In an effort to support local communities in the environmental recovery post-TC Seroja, NACC NRM has partnered with the Shires of Mingenew, Morawa and Perenjori to develop management strategies in preparedness for future extreme events. By working with experts and local communities a set of guidelines will be based on the re-establishment of natural environments to support a broad community. While also aiming to reduce the impact on the built infrastructure of future severe weather events, therefore improving community safety, responsiveness, and resilience.

Each local government partner will select a demonstration site that will be revegetated and restored based on the set of guidelines. These three sites will be used to evaluate the guidelines recommendations and any revisions made prior to printing. It is planned that in 2025 a set of non-technical guidelines will be published and available for local government and landholders to view, with a roadshow planned to promote these across the NAR.

If you are a resident of these three shires and would like to know further information please feel free to contact NACC NRM on 9938 0100 or email samantha.comito@nacc.com.au

This project is supported by NACC NRM in partnership with the Shires of Mingenew, Morawa and Perenjori through funding from the Australian Government’s Preparing Australian Communities – Local Stream grant.

 

If you are a primary producer and were affected by Tropical Cyclone Seroja and require financial aid, there is still assistance available under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement;

  • AGRN965 Severe Tropical Cyclone (STC) Seroja (11-12 April 2021): Category B Measures to Assist Primary Producers– Grant closes on the 30th of June 2023

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

Further aid for primary producers may be sought from;

  • Severe Tropical Cyclone (STC) Primary Producer Recovery Grant Program: Category C – Grants closing 30th of June 2023

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

For more information regarding the Australian Governments Preparing Australian Communities Program fund please see the following link;

https://nema.gov.au/programs/preparing-australia-program/preparing-australia-communities-program-local

 

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