Flooding in Western Australia (January and February 2017)
Widespread rainfall across Western Australia has caused damage to agricultural land and infrastructure.
Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia's Water and Land staff have concluded work in the Ravensthorpe and Lake grace areas, where they conducted site visits focussing on Flood Impact Assessment. This was integral to inform government of the agricultural impacts in order to build a case to the Commonwealth for Category C WANDRRA funding. Staff targeted particular properties, across different soil types and landscapes, for their site visits.
DAFWA have been in contact with growers in affected areas through surveys, direct contact and events and will continue to work with local government, regional NRM groups and other government departments to provide support to affected landholders.
Western Australia Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA)
The ‘Flooding in Western Australia (January and February 2017)’ event has been proclaimed an eligible disaster under the Western Australia Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA).
Applications for primary producers should be lodged online using the Department's Online Grant Management System before 13 August 2017. Funding is not capped and works on re-imbursement so growers will not be disadvantaged by a delay in application.
Further information for primary producers on WANDRRA is available by calling DAFWA’s Rural Business Development Unit on Freecall 1800 198 231 (8.00am to 5pm Monday to Friday) or the WANDRRA webpage of the Department website.
Landowners whose fencing claim has been rejected by their insurer (i.e. hydrologic determination) may have their claim on boundary fencing considered under WANDRRA , if all other conditions / qualifications are met. Do not self-assess contact the 1800 198 231 number and talk to a WANDRRA assessor about your situation.
Land and water
Rill, sheet and gully erosion has occurred on many properties as a result of flooding.
The following information on erosion. dams and water quality may assist landholders. Please note DAFWA recommends getting specialist advice on dealing with any significant erosion or damage to banks and dams.
- Water erosion in the agricultural region of Western Australia
- Roaded catchments
- Excavated tanks (Farm dams)
- Emergency chlorination of farm water
- Summer crops to reduce waterlogging
- Rotations and agronomic management for waterlogging
For information on water erosion or to report impacts of the recent rainfall and flooding, contact the Office of the Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation on +61 (0)8 9368 3282 or email@example.com
Contacts for commercial providers, who are available for one on one advice on land and water management issues, can be obtained through Ravensthorpe Agricultural Initiative Network (RAIN).
The aftermath of a storm poses significant safety and health problems to livestock, and consideration needs to be given to:
Producers also need to ensure livestock movements are recorded on the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) database. The sheep NLIS helpdesk can provide telephone and email support to producers requiring assistance with any aspect of the NLIS process. For the movement of cattle, refer to DAFWA's NLIS cattle and buffalo web page.
The helpdesks are there to assist you free of charge. Please contact them at your earliest convenience to at least provide the property addresses and stock numbers.
NLIS cattle helpdesk: +61 (0)427 089 860
NLIS sheep helpdesk: +61 (0)8 9363 4150
NLIS goat helpdesk: +61 (0)8 9363 4150
Floods can create a feed shortage for affected livestock.
To resolve this, you may buy in or accept donated feed, or you may agist your animals on another property. Both of these actions pose a biosecurity risk of introducing pests, diseases and weeds to your animals and your property.
Control summer weeds early to conserve valuable soil nitrogen and moisture for this seasons crops.
Landholders do not have to face a disaster alone.
There are many support networks and forms of assistance available to rural communities and individuals. WA's rural health, financial and information services support directory provides useful information on the nature of the services available and how to access them.
The following satellite images are a comparison of the south west corner of Western Australia. The image on the left was taken in January 2017. The image of the right was taken in February 2017, following the significant rainfall events. In the February image you can see the waterways are darker, indicating an increased volume of water.