Landholders in flood-affected areas have been working closely with Local Land Services and the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to report damage to their farms and assist livestock.
Close to 200 landholders have reported damage and stock losses to Central West Local Land Services in the current emergency response. Reports have come from across Central West NSW.
Farmers are encouraged to call 1300 795 299 or email email@example.com to report agricultural losses, including fencing, crops and stranded, injured or deceased livestock.
This reporting is essential to understand the extent of flood damage and provide support where needed.
Flood-affected people also need to contact Local Land Services in advance if they require accommodation for their pets, so that evacuation sites can be adequately prepared.
Local Land Services Incident Controller, Jillian Kelly is pleased with how the response effort is unfolding and the support given to landholders in need.
“We’ve established our joint local control centre in Dubbo—actively working with landholders to assess flood impact and helping where needed,” Ms Kelly said.
“Staff have been using aerial surveillance to find and inspect livestock at risk, assisting with fodder delivery and providing onground support where needed.
“Our aerial surveillance has covered over 840,000 hectares in the Forbes Condobolin, Nyngan and Warren areas, with some mustering and fodder drops as required.
Fortunately many landholders have been able to rescue stock through their own capacity.
“We’ve received around 20 calls for assistance, however the vast majority of people have been able to move stock to higher ground and have feed available,” Ms Kelly said.
“If required, help is on hand, but fortunately this has been the exception rather than the rule.
“Even if you can take care of your stock and infrastructure without our support, please report all damage and stock losses. This will help give us a more accurate understanding of losses across the region.”
The local control centre will continue to support the farming community through the joint Local Land Services and NSW DPI response.