Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
farmerdisastersupport.org is a website aimed at directing farmers to the assistance they need. Both financial and mental health stresses can affect people during or after events such as drought, flood cyclones etc. This website pull together the organisations, Government Departments and industry bodies that can help during these times.
If your region is not declared, sign up to our newsletter and we can keep you updated. If your region is not declared this does not rule you out of financial assurance – Contact your industry body, QFF, QRAA or DAF to discuss further options.
On the home page there is a search section. Simply input your postcode and select your industry for results that will be generated specific to your area and industry.
If you are in a declared zone you can apply straight away. If your zone isn’t declared please contact your industry body, QFF, QRAA or DAF to discuss further options.
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation is the united voice of intensive agriculture in Queensland. It is a federation that represents the interests of 16 of Queensland’s peak rural industry organisations, which in turn collectively represent more than 13,000 primary producers across Queensland.
QFF have developed farmerdisastersupport.org.au with funding from the Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services to assist farmers in navigating support networks available to them during times of disaster and drought. The aim of the website is to connect farmers and producers with assistance in a direct and accessible manor.
Dept of Agriculture and Fisheries
Solar PV systems may pose an electrical safety risk for residents and emergency crews during severe weather events and flooding. Solar panels and their cables should always be treated as if they are live.
After a storm a cyclone, customers concerned about the integrity of their system should follow the manufacturers or installer’s shutdown instructions located at the inverter, or main switchboard. Do not attempt to reconnect solar PV systems if roof damage is suspected as the roof may be live, or residual moisture may have caused the system to become live. Contact an accredited installer to restore or recommission, or a licensed electrical contractor to test it is safe.
When preparing for a flood, customers should follow the manufacturers or installer’s shutdown instructions located at the inverter, or main switchboard. If there is a risk that water levels could reach the inverter or main switchboard, contact a licensed electrical contractor to disconnect the PV array for safety.
Following receding flood waters, customers should not attempt to operate any switches as residual moisture may have caused the solar PV system to become live. Instead, contact a an accredited installer or licenced electrician to recommission the system.
Download and keep this Solar PV Safety brochure (PDF 1.5 mb).
This safety message was brought to you by Ergon Energy.
Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) with funding from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) are delivering a series of workshops through central Queensland on Climate Risk and the seasonal outlook. QFF and DAF have partnered with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to bring together experts to discuss the regional climate drivers, the BOMs seasonal outlook tools and improve farmers understanding of weather and seasonal forecasting.
Monday, 8 August 2016 from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM (AEST)
Tuesday, 9 August 2016 at 9:00 AM – Wednesday, 10 August 2016 at 1:30 PM (AEST)
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (AEST)
QFF horticulture industry member Growcom is hosting an on-farm workshop in Biloela.
Cyclones and severe weather events over recent years have taken a toll on many farms’ core assets – soil health and fertility, sheds and irrigation systems… not to mention the bank balance!
This on-farm workshop is an opportunity to meet speakers with experience in repairing damaged soils and expertise in rebuilding a stronger, smarter farm business – ensuring your finances and essential infrastructure are primed to cope with whatever nature throws at you next. All primary producers are welcome to take part.
1pm: Lunch, a chance to network with the speakers and other growers.
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Practical farm financial strategies – optimising cash flow and financial reserves Sally Ottaway and John Lacey, Rural Financial Counselling Service
‘Storm ready’ farms – shed and farm buildings, wind breaks, tree cropping strategies Ian and David Groves, Groves Grown Tropical Fruit
Irrigation systems – saving through pump and irrigation efficiency plus tips for severe weather Kathleen Heuvel, Land & Water Field Officer, Growcom
Re-building flood damaged soils and assessing soil health and nutrient profiles David Hall, Agricultural Consultant