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Flood Recoveries Given Boost

18 March 2013

AUSTRALIA - An experienced flood recovery facilitator has been working with northern NSW dairy farmers to help re-establish their businesses.

Dairy Australia has appointed Neil Phillips to help flood-hit farmers with their immediate needs and to direct them to services and resources available to help with recovery.

“I will also try to identify ongoing requirements for recovery and share that information throughout the industry,” said Neil.

He undertook a similar task with the farmers of northern Victoria and the Riverina, helping them recover from floods in early 2012.

“Dairy Australia appointed me to a cross-agency task force, and experience from those floods showed that joint efforts best-served the flood-affected farmers of that region.

“Learning from that experience, I’ll be working with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, milk companies and other agencies to ensure farmers are supported in the most-effective way.

“Part of my work will be collecting information on the extent of damage and loss from each property. I will be visiting as many flood-affected farmers as I can. Farmers can be assured of the confidentiality of any discussions.”

His appointment follows a flood recovery meeting organised and funded by Dairy Australia and NSW DPI at Wauchope last week


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