King and Flinders Islands Dry and Drought Conditions

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​King and Flinders islands and Tasmania in general, are experiencing unseasonably dry and drought conditions. 

NRE Tas is working with all areas of government and stakeholders including TasFarmers, Rural Business Tasmania and TAS Farm Innovation Hub (TIA) to provide advice and support, including undertaking community and stakeholder meetings.

Upcoming meetings for King Island include:


Thursday 23 May, led by the TAS Farm Innovation Hub

 Managing breeders and pastures through dry times workshop flyer (PDF 2Mb)


Friday 24 May, led by the TAS Farm Innovation Hub

 cattle nutrition and feeding strategies workshop flyer (PDF 2Mb)


23 and 24 May - Dry conditions, one-on-one support led by Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture extension staff.

 King Island one on one workshop flyer (PDF 3Mb)​


As part of the response, a newsletter has been developed to ensure farmers receive up to date information, you can view the previous editions below:

Financial Assistance​​​

To provide relief to primary producers on both King and Flinders Islands due to the dry conditions, the Tasmanian Government is offering a one-off payment up to $20,000 for eligible producers through the King and Flinders Islands Primary Producers - Seasonal Conditions Scheme. The Scheme has been extended until 30 June 2024.

More information is available on the Department of State Growth website.​

​TasFarmers

TasFarmers received $171,000 through a joint funding initiative between NRE Tas, and the TAS Farm Innovation Hub, an Australian Government Future Drought Fund initiative to provide community drought support, including the employment of new King Island Community Drought Coordinators and an online Tasmanian Fodder Hub. Details on where to access the hub will be available soon.

The on-island coordinators are assisting farmers to prepare for, respond and recover from drought by:

  • connecting them to supply chain and logistics participants

  • collating relevant farm-level information

  • linking farmers to tools, information, programs, resources and other support networks

  • raising issues on behalf of farmers 

Contact: 

King Island Drought Coordinator Deb Delaney

Email: drought@tasfarmers.com.au

Phone: 0447 370 417​

TAS Farm Innovation Hub ​

The TAS Farm Innovation Hub is one of eight established across Australia by the Commonwealth Future Drought Fund. The hub helps Tasmanian farmers, and those who support them, build relationships, access essential information, and build critical skills and knowledge to prepare for drought and climate change.​

​Rural Alive & Well​​

Rural Alive & Well Inc (RAW) has a mission to build healthy and resilient rural and regional communities.  With an aim to reduce the prevalence of suicide in rural communities by assisting and supporting communities and individual's response to adversity by early intervention, facilitation, and prevention strategies.

Visit the Rural Alive and Well website for further information or phone 1300 4357 6283

Counselling and other support ​​

With support from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund (FDF), the Tasmanian Government is currently rolling out two programs: 

  • The Farm Business Resilience Program provides subsidised business coaching and tools to farmers to plan for and manage drought, other risks and a changing climate. The Program gives farmers access to workshops and one-on-one support to consider their long-term goals, business management and risks, investment priorities, natural resource management, climate change, succession plans, sustainable irrigation, and farm safety.  

  • The Reg​ional Drought Resilience Planning Program​​ is supporting regions to develop regional drought resilience plans to prepare for and manage future drought risks. Under this program, regional project coordinators will work in each of Tasmania’s regions, partnering with regional development authorities, local government, industry, business and community stakeholders, to develop Regional Drought Resilience Plans for the North, North West and South. ​

More counselling and support services include:

  • The Rural Relief Fund​, which is administered by the Rural Business Tasmania, has grants available of up to $2,500 per household which is available across Tasmanian agricultural sectors for rural families experiencing hardship due to drought or extreme unseasonably dry conditions.​

  • For information on other services and social support visit our resources for farmers and rural communities page​.

A contact list is available for Individual Permit Holders for Import of Fodder into Tasmania.​

Biosecurity Tasmania has developed an Information sheet for producers on King Island, for importing livestock feed.

 Biosecurity Tasmania Feed Import flyer  (PDF 190Kb)​

The document has been developed to ensure the risk of introducing weed species during this process is minimised.

Contact

FarmPoint

PO Box 46,
Kings Meadows, TAS, 7249.