The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to continuing to work and support farmers, landowners, primary producers and communities impacted by the flood events of 2016.
The new state-funded $2 million Agricultural Landscape Rehabilitation Scheme open today will assist flood-affected landowners and communities to fund projects and services aimed at the rehabilitation of land and stream systems damaged as a result of the floods.
The scheme will provide funding to community groups, local government and land owners to enable them to undertake works that will help improve the resilience of flood affected waterways as well as restoring the capacity of agricultural land affected by the June 2016 floods.
The target is private property and adjacent areas that have suffered physical damage as a result of the floods or areas where future flooding may present a risk to primary production or public infrastructure.
Proposed works could include debris clean-up on productive land, including the removal of timber and river cobble, land rehabilitation across the floodplain, erosion management and future flood mitigation measures.
The Agricultural Landscape Rehabilitation Scheme has been developed by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) with the support of the three Natural Resource Management (NRM) regional groups.
NRM North, NRM South and Cradle Coast NRM will deliver the program and will be the primary point of contact for information about the scheme. They will offer services such as group workshops and on-ground consultation, and they will also provide support to help scope and cost a works proposal.
The Agricultural Landscape Rehabilitation Scheme is part of a suite of assistance available to individuals, primary producers and businesses affected by the 2016 floods.
These include the Primary Producer Clean-Up Grants that offer up to $10,000 for clean-up and restoration activities and we recently announced that these grants are now open until the 31st of March.
More detail about the Primary Producer Clean-Up Grants and other assistance can be found on the DPIPWE website: http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/about-the-department/flood-information.