Project to Focus on Floods; New Plan Will Address Dairy and Cane Flooding Awareness

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NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is co-ordinating a new project that aims to increase the capacity of the North Coast dairy and cane industries Co from Taree to the Tweed Co to withstand the impact of flooding.

C[pounds sterling]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,C[yen] DPI regional director Rik Whitehead said.

C[pounds sterling]Our aim is to maintain the long-term productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of these sectors by developing strategic flood plans. These plans will be developed with industry input and will feature practical steps for minimising flood impacts that have clear cost benefits.C[yen]

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.

C[pounds sterling]These industries are major contributors to the economy and social fabric of the North Coast and yet they have been hit hard in recent years through flooding. …