Landholders in the North Coast region who were impacted by the black summer bushfires have received significant on farm support through the Stock Water Recovery program funded by the NSW government.
North Coast Local Land Services delivered the program which directly supported the recovery and resilience of fire-affected properties, including activities that led to drought-proofing of farms.
The North Coast Local Land Services region extends from Tweed Shire Council in the north to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council in the south.
General manager of North Coast Local Land Services, Louise Orr, said the stock water recovery program was designed for animal health benefits on bushfire impacted agricultural properties.
"The program has delivered over $750,000 in grants to eligible landholders for infrastructure including fencing, dam construction and de-silting, pumps, pipes, fittings, water tanks and troughs for stock," Ms Orr said.
"When we sought expressions of interest from landholders the organisation was inundated with applications.
"This clearly indicated a demand for this type of support in the region."
Senior Land Services Officer, Craig Hart, said the program supported piping and fencing infrastructure and allowed properties to reclaim and introduce water supplies for stock on farm, with the purchase of over 308 troughs, 84 tanks and 32 pumps across 87 properties.
District vets also helped landholders with fodder testing and interpreting results, as well as subsidised services to assist in animal health recommendations and management after the fires.
"We have been pleased to support the recovery of livestock and impacted farmers in the region," Ms Orr said.
"Overall, agricultural properties supported through this program are increasingly more resilient and prepared for dealing with future climate challenges."
If you would like further information on Agriculture or Animal Health Programs, please contact Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.
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