Floods and Farming Properties
resources and links from Tasmania and other states
useful for farmers managing flood on their properties.
Safe Farming Tasmania is strongly encouraging farmers, farm workers and volunteers to continue to work safely during the current wet weather conditions and not to not take any unnecessary risks.
Only workers with appropriate skill levels should operate tools and equipment such as chainsaws, tractors and quad bikes. People operating quad bikes should check to ensure their route is clear and avoid attempting to cross flooded areas.
Australian Government assistance
The Australian government has announced assistance through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) which is designed to help ease the financial burden that communities bear as a result of natural disasters.
Information about this NDRRA disaster assistance is available at disasterassist.gov.au
Animal Welfare During Floods
People should not enter flood flows to attempt to rescue livestock. If animals are apparently stranded on virtual islands they will be OK for the time being. Do not risk human life attempting to get fodder to them.
Note that stock immersed in water for a significant period will need to be monitored for 10 days afterwards. Seek veterinary advice early if there are signs of illness or deterioration in condition.
DPIPWE can provide advice on flood-affected animals. Another source of advice is your normal vet.
For assistance with injured wildlife contact DPIPWE on 6165 4305 for advice.
DPIPWE manages a network of wildlife carers and works with other volunteer groups and wildlife parks to provide care for injured animals.
If members of the public wish to offer assistance caring for injured wildlife, please contact:
- Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary on 6268 1184 or
- DPIPWE on 6165 4305
For information on the care of livestock affected by the current flood event, contact your regular vet or call DPIPWE 6777 2115.
in Tasmania fact sheet has information about purchasing and/or moving
fodder within Tasmania and importing fodder from interstate.
There will be a lot of various debris needing to be cleaned up when the waters recede. One of the aspects of this will be the disposal of carcasses of animals caught in the floods.
Given the significant number of stock that have died as a result of the flood and the impact those carcasses may have on landholders, the Government will co-ordinate a disposal service where landholders need assistance with disposing of the carcasses that may have been left on their property.
If landholders are able to manage the disposal on their own then there are several options available which include:
- Where carcasses are on-farm they can be deep buried on that farm when conditions allow. It may be necessary to collect carcasses and stock pile them on dry ground while waiting for conditions to allow construction of a burial pit.
- Smaller amounts of carcasses can be disposed of at some municipal refuse sites as putrescible waste. Not all municipal refuse sites carry the necessary permits to accept this type of waste so contact the relevant local council and check this before transporting the carcasses.
However, if landholders require assistance with this process then they can contact the EPA on 0418 583 373 to facilitate the removal of the carcasses and their appropriate disposal.
Identifying dead and displaced stock in flood areas
If you come across displaced stock, scan (using a microchip scanner) or note the tag numbers and call DPIPWE 1300 368 550 so the animals can be traced.
If you come across dead stock you can identify these by scanning or visually reading the tag, and noting the colour of the tag and the location found. Please email the information through to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember DO NOT REMOVE THE TAG.
It is important before burial or disposal of the carcasses to record all tag numbers or scan the tag and also note the colour of the tag (often a clear photo of the tag can help) for tracking and notification of loss. This information is very important for insurance purposes.
Flood Situation in National Parks
The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) posts
information about track and park closures on Facebook.
To report a dam safety incident that threatens life or property call 000 and ask for the Police. The Tasmania Police coordinate Dam Emergency responses.
Flooding events can lead to pollution incidents. To lodge a pollution complaint or notify of a pollution incident contact the EPA Division.
Salvaging After the Floods
The recent floods have resulted in a large amount of debris left behind once the water has receded. If you are considering salvaging anything from either Crown Land of Private Property there are a number of regulations you must adhere to:
- Before removing any material from the beach, approval from the land manager and a licence from PWS' Property Services are required [i].
You need to be aware of the interpretation of stealing [iii] before removing things from private land or claiming your property back.
- If the land is a public reserve, then public access for salvaging will be available. Permission will be required from the managing authority for that reserve.
- Specific licence requirements exist for natural materials and stormcast botanicals. Removal of cast seaweed or seagrass is sometimes undertaken to make use of the resource. Non-commercial users may remove up to 100kg per person per day with approval from the relevant managing authority. However, if the material is to be sold directly or manufactured into a commercial product, then a harvesting license is required from Wild Fisheries in DPIPWE [ii].
The movement of controlled waste, such as asbestos building materials and tyres needs specific approval [v]
- If something has washed up on your property you cannot automatically claim it (including animals), you MUST show reasonable effort in to locate owner [iv].
- At the minimum, this would mean reporting to the local police or to an organisation that is co-ordinating a response. Local Councils often setup "lost and found" through responses.
All the rules surrounding firewood collections are those that currently stand. However, safety must be considered due to the mixing up of other debris with the wood along with the quality or contamination of wood sources.
- For information on how to identify a material as controlled waste go to www.epa.tas.gov.au/regulation/identify-a-material-as-a-controlled-waste
- You can collect firewood from your own property without a permit as long as it does not contravene any of the conditions for taking a native plants [vi].
- You cannot enter public or private land for private collections without permission from land owners.
- Licences are required when sourcing wood from Forestry Tasmania [vii].
- Any gathering of firewood from Public Lands would need permission from the Land Manager and a special licences from PWS and to be in accordance with Management Plans for those areas.
[i] Under the Crown Lands Act 1976.
[ii] Under the Living Marine Resources Act 1995
[iii] Under the of the Criminal Code Act 1924 (No. 69 of 1924
[iv] Section 226 2(a) (iv) of the Criminal Code Act 1924
[v] Controlled waste is defined in the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 and the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Waste Management) Regulations 2010.
[vi] Under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 or the Forest Practices Act 1985.