Plan to safeguard cane from flooding
A PLAN to help safeguard Tweed's cane industry from flooding is part of a new project being co-ordinated by the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
"Following an unprecedented number of major floods on the north coast in recent years, we have secured funding under the joint State and Commonwealth Natural Disaster Resilience Program to work with the dairy and cane industries on improving preparedness against the impacts of future events," DPI regional director Rik Whitehead said.
"Our aim is to maintain the long term productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of these sectors by developing strategic flood plans."
The plans will be developed with industry input and will feature practical steps for minimising flood impacts that have clear cost/benefits.
Mr Whitehead said sugar cane and dairy farms were the most susceptible to flooding as they were often found on the lower floodplains of the north coast river systems.
He said the industries were major contributors to the economy and social fabric of the north coast and yet they have been hit hard in recent years through flooding.
"We want to sit down with farmers and explore all the potential steps they could take to ensure they are as prepared as possible for future events," Mr Whitehead said.
"We will cover the flood risks to everything from animal welfare, to productivity, infrastructure, machinery, personal property, business continuity, financial viability and personal wellbeing."
Mr Whitehead said meetings with industry organisations and representatives would be held soon to discuss the details of the project.