emergency bush fire assistance
The State Government recently announced a winter package to assist primary producers impacted by the bushfires. These assistance measures have been made available in part by the continuing liaison the TFGA has been having with the government, and through our representation on the Bushfire Recovery Taskforce.
Farmers who have received the government clean-up and assistance grants for primary producers (Tier 1 or Tier 2) will be able to receive funding under this assistance package.
Please find attached information on the range of assistance measures included in the package.
The TFGA will be managing the following:
- Re-fencing Support: A further $200,000 towards the repair of fences for farms impacted by the fires in January and February. Individual assistance will be calculated at the rate of $300 per affected kilometre of damaged fencing.
- Feed: $50,000 to provide support to feed livestock during winter. Individual assistance will be calculated on the basis of $500 for every 500 sheep; and/or $500 for every 50 cattle
Please find below application form for those who assisted in transporting various goods during and after the bushfires can apply for assistance.
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments
Payments of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child are available.
For more information call 180 22 66 (between 8am and 8pm) or visit www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/australian-government-disaster-recovery-payment
Clean-up and assistance grants for Primary Producers - Purpose of this assistance to provide grants to primary producers who have suffered direct damage as a result of the January 2013 Bushfires for clean-up, removal of debris, disposal of dead livestock and further restoration.
Do you have a fire-affect plantation or native forest on your land?
Private Forests Tasmania has experienced staff that can provide impartial advice to land owners on post-bushfire forest management and forest practices issues. Initial advice is provided free-of-charge.
Contact your nearest PFT office: Hobart 6233 7640, Launceston 6336 5300, Burnie 6434 7260
Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services Housing assistance grants
These are means tested. Register your interest by calling 1800 808 340 (between 9am and 5pm, Mon – Fri).
The following are available:
• temporary living grants of up to $8 875 (over a maximum period of 6 months) to assist with living expenses;
• essential household goods grants of up to $5 600 per household (plus $500 per additional household member up to a maximum of $8 875) for costs not covered by insurance, to assist with the replacement of essential household items; and
• repair/replacement grants of up to $8 875 to assist with the reestablishment of the principal place of residence.
Special arrangements for affected taxpayers – Land Tax
The Commissioner of State Revenue has extended the time to pay Land Tax bills by three months for those suffering personal and financial loss from the bushfires.
Taxpayers with billing addresses between and including postcodes 7173 and 7180 do not have to do anything; the extension of time (to Friday 5 April 2013) will be applied automatically.
People with billing addresses outside of the 7173 and 7180 postcodes who have land tax to pay on property lost or damaged in any fire-affected areas of Tasmania should contact the State Revenue Office to access the extension.
Call (03) 6233 8070, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.
Bushfires Clean-up Program
The Government is bearing the cost of the clean-up of homes and other structures destroyed by bushfires.
Any costs that would otherwise have been spent by insurance companies on clean-up will be distributed by insurers to assist with rebuilding.
People should register and request a Consent Form to participate in the clean-up.
Aurora Energy Assistance
Aurora Energy has announced a package of measures to help customers across Tasmania who have been affected by the bushfire emergency.
If customers wish to contact Aurora to register their eligibility for this relief they can call Aurora’s dedicated Bushfire Relief Hotline on 1300 132 006 (between 9am and 5pm, Mon – Fri) or complete a form on Aurora’s website www.auroraenergy.com.au
Individual banks have announced assistance packages to help families, business people, farmers and individuals in the communities affected by bushfires. Contact your bank directly for more information.
Telstra customers can register for an assistance package by calling 132 203 (available 24 hours, daily
People can get more information about available assistance by contacting the Bushfire Recovery Unit on 1800 567 567, visiting the website www.bushfirerecovery.tas.gov.au or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The following links provide important information and key contact points for those affected by the bushfires in Tasmania:
TFGA Bushfire Information Sheet - information on who to call regarding fodder, electricity, fencing, agistment and water.
Tasmanian Fire Service - current bushfires and other incidents. Members of the public can also refer to their ABC Local Radio station for bushfire information and updates.
Tasmanian Police - community alerts and road closures due to bushfire activity.
Department of Premier & Cabinet - Tasmanian State Government bushfire recovery information.
Rural Alive & Well - provides conselling and support services to families and communities.
Rural Financial Counselling Service - offers free, independent assistance to promary producers and small rural business people who are experiencing the pressures of financial hardship.
Red Cross Tasmanian Bushfires 2013 Appeal - provide assistance to those affected by the bushfires by making a donation.
The Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania - Scott Bridges
Dairy Australia - If you have information on dairy farmers or dairy manufacturers affected directly or indirectly by a bushfire or grass fire, please phone or email me, Julie Iommi, as the main DA contact point (email@example.com or 03 9694 3720 or 0407 322 995).
Animal Health & Welfare During Bushfires
Unfortunately stock, domestic animals and wildlife are all impacted by bushfire. Please find below information which may assist:
Recovery after fire - Rebuilding your life and farming operations after being burnt out is often daunting, stressful and costly. Where do you begin? How do you prioritise the seemingly endless tasks? Who can you approach to get help? Click here for further information.
Stock and Domestic Animals
DPIPWE is available to assist with assessment of burnt livestock and available to provide assistance to put down livestock where necessary. We can also direct you to where you can access services relating to animals impacted by the fires. Contact us on 6233-6875.
Movement of fodder - DPIPWE have confirmed that there are no restrictions on-the-ground for biosecurity reasons within Tasmania for the movement of fodder around the State. For any enquiries contact DPIPWE Biosecurity on 6233 6634.
Animals and Bushfire - what to do before, during and after a fire event to protect your stock and domestic animals. DPIPWE is available to assist with assessment or burnt livestock and provide assistance to put livestock where necessary; please contact Rosemary Meissner on (03) 6233 6875.
Assessing Bushfire Burns in Livestock. This notesheet, produced by NSW Department of Primary Industries, provides excellent advice on the assessment and care of burnt livestock. Warning - contains pictures of animals burnt in bushfires. These pictures may cause distress to some people.
Feeding and Watering Livestock After a Bushfire - a sudden switch from pasture to grain or pellets is likely to cause acidosis (commonly known as grain poisoning) and can be a serious animal health and welfare problem; grain or pellets should be introduced into the livestock's diet gradually.
Emergency Burial of Carcasses - guidance on the emergency burial of carcasses resulting from bushfires.
Emergency slaughter of livestock - Tasmanian Quality Meats at Cressy - (03) 6397 6593, and Swift at Longford - (03) 6397 0111, are prepared to take sheep for emergency slaughter, however must be 'fit to load'. For advice on whether stock are 'fit to load' contact DPIPWE on (03) 6233 6875 to speak with a Stock Inspector.
The information above may contain content not specific to Tasmanian conditions or have other State contacts, please consider this when reading the fact sheets.
Any member of the public requiring assistance with injured wildlife should contact DPIPWE on 6233-2520 for advice.
DPIPWE manages a network of wildlife carers and works with other volunteer groups and wildlife parks to provide care for injured animals.
If members of the public wish to offer assistance caring for injured wildlife, please contact:
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary on 6268-1184
Southern Wildlife Rescue and Care on 0415 375 164 or DPIPWE on 6233-2520