Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

23 October 2017

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

Flood recovery efforts continue

The Hodgman Liberal Government is continuing to work with farmers and communities impacted by the June 2016 floods, and the $4 million Agricultural Landscape Rehabilitation Scheme (ALRS) is making this possible.

The scheme assists flood-affected landowners by funding projects aimed at rehabilitating land and stream systems, and providing protection for land and waterways from future floods.

Major works completed include bank reconstruction in Latrobe and Kimberley, with fence reconstruction and stabilising revegetation works also underway.

Many other works are planned and set to begin in the drier months of spring and summer.

A partnership with NRM North to deliver the scheme has helped add value to the funds available and reflects the ongoing effort by our communities and organisations, such as our regional NRM bodies and Landcare groups, to improve the resilience of our river systems and land.

Funds have been made available to more than 180 landowners across the State, in 24 catchments and 20 local government areas.

Additionally, more than 230 landholders received technical advice to assist them with flood damage.

Other funding for flood repair works has included more than $3.3 million through the joint Commonwealth-State National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), and the joint $2.15 million in disaster funding to restore areas of the Mersey-Dasher river system through the NDRRA.

The Tasmanian Government has also provided a loan scheme of between $25,000 and $200,000, to assist primary producers and small businesses directly affected by the June 2016 floods.

The Hodgman Government is committed to continuing to work with and support farmers, landowners, primary producers and communities impacted by the flood events of 2016 as they recover and rebuild.

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