In Australia natural disasters continue to costs to individuals, businesses and governments billions of dollars every year. In 2015 alone, the total economic cost of natural disasters exceeded $9 billion.
In Queensland these impacts on people, the environment and our farming communities has been felt in particular through recent cyclone and flooding events.
This need was identified through the Council of Mayors – South East Queensland (SEQ) Resilient Rivers Initiative. The importance of this type of proactive and coordinated approach is needed for regions to best manage the risks of natural disaster into the future.
Resilient Rivers aims to improve the health of our waterways by achieving the following goals by:
Promoting partnerships with strong leadership to deliver a coordinated approach to catchment management in SEQ. Keeping soil on our land and out of our waterways Protecting the region’s water security to support the current and future population of SEQ Improving the climate resilience of SEQ
The final outcome of the Resilient Rivers Initiative will be a coordinated program of works that focuses on innovative approaches to achieving these goals. There is no one single solution to these issues.
Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) acknowledges the Council of Mayors – South East Queensland Resilient Rivers Initiative collaborative approach looking to improve local government’s engagement with proactive natural disaster resilience efforts.
One SEQ local government that should be commended for its commitment to the Resilient Rivers program is the Lockyer Valley Regional Council (LVRC). In its latest budget LVRC included a $2 levy to assist in funding the implementation of the Resilient Rivers project to improve the health of its regions waterways. This small impost on rate payers will deliver a practical and innovative approach for a region that must manage the … Continue reading Local governments acknowledge importance of resilience
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
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