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Peak body urges flood-affected farmers to seek help

GRAINGROWERS Australia (GGA) has compiled a list of resources for people battling extreme rain and flooding.

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 Flooding has damaged crops, roads and infrastructure in Australia's eastern states. Picture Mark Saunders.

Flooding has damaged crops, roads and infrastructure in Australia's eastern states. Picture Mark Saunders.

Huge amounts of rain in the past week or so have led to extensive flooding in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, damaging crops and infrastructure.

GGA said in a social media post, the extreme flooding is deeply concerning for many growers.

Particular topics of concern for the peak body (from farmer feedback) involve:

  • Infrastructure - roads are a real worry with major supply routes cut in many places and local roads in disrepair. Urgent maintenance and repair funding is needed
  • Pests and disease - with the amount of water around, there are areas particularly susceptible to pests and diseases, especially mosquito-borne issues like Ross River Fever and in particular Japanese Encephalitis
  • Coordinated assistance efforts - GGA is calling on all levels of government to work together to ensure fast, clear, coordinated, and responsive support
  • Community support - the uncertainty about what lies ahead, for harvest, for farms is causing a lot of heartache for growers and their communities.

GGA is urging people to use the health and well being support services and resources. The peak body has compiled a list of resources that will be of use to those seeking assistance.

The list can be found here: https://bit.ly/3Tzpu6t

GGA said it is continuing to update government and relevant departments - and it hopes things ease for growers and their communities.

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