Devastating Bushfires:

The devastating bushfires around the country have had a significant impact on Australian agriculture including Australian vegetable and potato growers. While various fires still rage in many areas and the recovery efforts get underway, the nation has banded together in support of those effected through various donations and support. AUSVEG has been engaged with its State Members and its board of directors to gain an understanding of the damage to the industry, as well as working with government and other industry bodies to ensure support is given to those growers affected.

It has been clear that there are ongoing logistic challenges with getting fresh produce to market and various cold storages are full as a result of road closures and movement of produce remains paramount. We are also aware that a small number of growers have been severely and directly impacted, and we will be reaching out to them to see what assistance AUSVEG may be able to provide. The Department of Agriculture is also working with various industry bodies to gather data and information on exactly what damage has been done. AUSVEG will share that information as it comes to hand.

Where to go for information:

Growers impacted and people wanting to support have been urged to head to the farmhub.org.au website which lists all the latest information from the bushfires as well as support information. For growers impacted head to https://farmhub.org.au/live-bushfire-assistance-key-contacts/ While people wanting to know how they can help head to https://farmhub.org.au/australian-bushfires-how-you-can-help/

Agricultural resources

NSW

Victoria
  • State recovery assistance services
  • Fodder requests and donations: Victorian Farmers Federation, 1300 882 833
  • Stock loss and assessment: Agriculture Victoria, 1800 226 226
  • Mental health support: Latrobe Regional Hospital East Gippsland Community Mental Health Service
    • Sale, 03 5143 1212 (AH: 1300 363 322)
    • Bairnsdale, 03 5150 3444 (AH: 1300 363 322)
    • Orbost, 03 5154 1807 (AH: 1300 363 322)
South Australia Queensland Western Australia       National AUSVEG will continue to work with all relevant stakeholders to provide support information where possible.

AUSVEG Media –

AUSVEG CEO James Whiteside and Chairman Bill Bulmer have also been in various media recently discussing the impact from the fires. See Weekly Times article here. See Herald Sun article here.