Fitzroy flood primary industries response

Page last updated: Friday, 13 January 2023 - 4:58pm

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is assisting Western Australian primary industries affected by flooding in the Fitzroy River catchment, as part of a whole-of-government response to the severe weather event.

This once-in-a-century flood has significantly impacted stations, stock and pastoral enterprises.

Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements WA

Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFAWA) have been activated to provide assistance to residents and businesses impacted by Ex Tropical Cyclone Ellie and associated flooding, including pastoral enterprises.

The assistance is available in the local government areas of Derby-West Kimberley, Broome, Wyndham-East Kimberley and Halls Creek.

The funding provides assistance for specific recovery activities for eligible primary producers.

The DRFAWA is administered by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). The primary producer assistance measures are administered by the DPIRD on behalf of DFES. 

For more information on primary producer assistance and to apply click here.

Financial support and wellbeing

DPIRD acknowledges the distress to Kimberley residents caused by the flooding. Links to a range of financial, family and wellbeing support are available in the Rural Support Services Directory.

State Support Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies

The State Support Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies has been activated.

The plan enables DPIRD to lead the coordination of response efforts related to animal welfare.

The plan is being implemented in association with Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and in liaison with stakeholders, including the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association (KPCA), and Local Government Authorities.

DPIRD is currently working with DFES and the KPCA to supply hay at the request of affected pastoral businesses.

Sufficient hay is available in the north for affected stations and offers of hay donations are not required, at this stage.