By Anita Campbell – CEO Nursery & Garden Industry NSW & ACT (NGINA)
Support for flood victims
As the water recedes in flood affected areas of our state, the heartbreaking extent of the devastation has been revealed. Our thoughts remain with all our members and their staff who have been affected.
NGINA has been sending regular emails out to members about the various government assistance that is available for flood affected individuals and their families, small businesses and primary producers.
Individual Assistance: The Disaster Recovery Payment is $1000 per adult and $400 per child. The payment is ongoing for a maximum of 13 weeks. https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/nsw-floods-february-2022
Small Business Assistance: Up to $50,000 is available to cover costs, including repairing damaged fittings and equipment and replacing stock. Call Service NSW on 13 77 88 or visit https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/storm-and-flood-assistance-businesses/storm-and-flood-disaster-recovery-small-business to register.
Primary Producers Assistance: Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) were declared on 4th of March across multiple Local Government Areas. Once approved, eligible primary producers can access $15,000 in assistance up-front, with a further $60,000 in financial assistance available thereafter upon submission of valid tax invoices. For further information please refer to the NSW Rural Assistance Authority https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/disaster-assistance/storm-and-flood-programs/sdg-february-2022
If you require support to claim, call the Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66.
Most Importantly, it is important to remember that when you go through a disaster it is absolutely ok to not be ok. It’s common for communities and individuals affected by a disaster to experience a range of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that can be intense, confusing and frightening. During these times it’s even more so important that you look after your mental health.
NGINA has put together a flyer that highlights some of the common reactions that people might be experiencing and some helpful tips to begin to overcome these. The flyer also has important information on where to go to for emotional help. Visit ngina.com.au to download the flyer or find us on Facebook and Instagram.