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Landholders urged to report storm damage

Murray Local Land Services is calling on producers affected by a large storm between Deniliquin and Jerilderie on 9 December to report any damage sustained.

The agency believes that the total damage in the storm area will be enough to trigger an application for an agricultural natural disaster to be declared.

Such a declaration would allow the NSW Rural Assistance Authority to provide assistance to affected producers in the form of concessional interest rate loans and freight subsidies.

Manager of Biosecurity and Emergency Services, Geoff Corboy, said the process for landholders to report damage was simple, but the information gained would help make the case for declaration.

“Even if you don’t intend to claim for assistance yourself, your information will help those producers who may need it,” he said.

“The information will also allow us to properly map the storm event, which is a key requirement for the declaration.”

Mr Corboy urged any landholders with storm damage to contact the Deniliquin office of Murray Local Land Services to access the damage form and receive any advice they need to fill it out and submit it.

“We plan on having all reported back to be collated and sent to NSW DPI by 11 January 2019,” he said.

“This will give us the best chance that the government will consider the application early in the new year.”

For more information, call Local Land Services in Deniliquin on 03 5881 9900.

Media contact: Matt Lane, Communication, 02 6051 2252