Emergencies such as bushfires and floods may damage the built and natural environment. Fast action is often needed to stop the damage getting worse.
Actions to recover from a fire or flood may start while the emergency is still active and may keep going for many months.
Current recovery responses
Bushfires in South-West Victoria
- Bushfires in South-West Victoria - large bushfires have impacted dairy farms in the area.
For the latest information on any emergency in Victoria visit emergency.vic.gov.au.
The devastating fires that swept through South West Victoria on March 17 and 18 have caused substantial losses of stock and farming assets. Agriculture Victoria staff are in the region and are available to assist landholders with animal health and welfare needs. Farmers wishing to report livestock impacted by fires are given highest priority and should call 03 5336 6721.
In total, our teams have visited 290 properties, helping with damage and loss assessments, identifying urgent needs and connecting farmers with recovery programs. Unfortunately, around 1000 cattle and 2000 sheep have died as a result of these fires. There have also been significant pasture and fodder losses.
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is coordinating fodder collection and distribution. Farmers in need of fodder for livestock, should contact the VFF on 1300 882 833.
The Rural Financial Counselling Service is also available to farmers, offering free and independent financial support to primary producers and non-agriculture related small businesses. The service can be contacted on 1300 735 578.
Assistance information can be found on the Vic Emergency website at www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief.
State Emergency Relief and Recovery Plan
The State Emergency Relief and Recovery Plan facilitates collaboration between all agencies and organisations responsible for supporting the relief and recovery of communities that have been affected by emergencies in Victoria. This forms Part 4 of the Emergency Management Manual Victoria.
Emergency Management Victoria coordinates emergency recovery at a State level. The Department of Health and Human Services regional emergency recovery, collaborating with local councils who are responsible at the local level. A number of support services are available to help individuals, businesses and the community.
Farms and other rural enterprises
To find out more about recovery of rural enterprises after a fire and flood, contact the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
Emergencies affecting farms and other private land may damage crops, injure livestock, destroy the fencing and food that livestock need, and cause economic and other stress to landholders.
Other impacts may occur, such as disease spreading from animal carcasses, surviving animals being affected by disease, soils eroding, water supplies being contaminated, and weeds spreading.
After bushfire and floods the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has a primary support role in the recovery of rural enterprises, mainly focusing on:
- assessing losses of agricultural assets and livestock, and the needs of affected persons and communities
- assessing injured stock and provide advice on options such as humane destruction, emergency slaughter or treatment
- assisting with humane destruction of burnt livestock where feasible
- advising individuals, communities and governments agencies on re-establishing rural enterprises or alternative strategies for economic recovery
- advising local councils and shires on disposal of dead or injured stock
- advising distribution bodies (such as the Victorian Farmers Federation) on needs for donated fodder
- delivering recovery projects identified by government to support the short and medium term recovery of individuals, communities and industries.
Practical recovery information
The following factsheets provide landholders with key farm recovery information:
- Livestock after an emergency
- Pets in emergencies
- Horses and livestock in emergencies
- Horses affected by bushfires
- Animal health after flood
- Farm recovery after floods and storms
- Farm recovery after bushfire
- Pasture recovery after fire
- Essential water replacement after bushfire
- Fences and control lines after bushfire