North Coast landowners affected by flooding are encouraged to call the Agriculture and Animal Services hotline on 1800 814 647 to request emergency livestock fodder, animal assessment and veterinary advice.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services are responding together to the current North Coast flood disaster as the Agricultural and Animal Services Functional Area (AASFA).
Grafton’s local control center deploys field crews to evacuation centers in the area, where access permits and where it is safe to do so.
Support for pet owners
Incident Controller for AASFA’s North Coast Response, Piers Harper, said today that staff assist pet owners in assessing pets and pets and provide advice and veterinary support. AASFA can also provide assistance with emergency fodder for breeders and euthanasia and burial if needed.
“There will be an urgent need to inspect and assist livestock and other animals when the flood waters recede.
Mr Harper said evacuation centers where staff can help people care for their pets and pets are located at Southern Cross University Lismore, Goonellabah Sports and Aquatics Centre, Kingscliff TAFE, at Murwillumbah TAFE, Camp Drew at Lennox Head and the Lennox Head Cultural. Center and Holy Family Catholic College and Xavier Catholic College – both at Skennars Head.
Supply of generators to restore power
“We are helping dairy farmers by purchasing generators to restore power to milking sheds and we will have the first of our emergency fodder collection points operational from this afternoon,” Mr Harper said. .
It is imperative to register your request for emergency fodder for your livestock or assistance with animal expertise, by contacting the Agricultural and Animal Services hotline at 1800 814 647.
If your stock or pets are missing or you have stranded animals in your home, please consider contacting your local council, local veterinary clinics that have microchip detection equipment, animal welfare groups or rescue, and check out social media sources such as local community bulletin boards.
People should not risk their own safety at any time. Never drive, walk or ride in flood waters and call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency