- Re-elected McGowan Labor Government to immediately establish $1 million fund help Carnarvon growers recover from this month’s floods
- Funding to be provided to growers to access and spread soil
- Catchment-wide review to examine longer-term solutions for flood-prone area
A re-elected McGowan Labor Government would move immediately to establish a $1 million fund to support fruit and vegetable growers in Carnarvon impacted by recent flooding and to plan to mitigate flood risk in the future.
While most of Carnarvon escaped significant damage in the floods, a number of growers experienced major loss of topsoil.
The funding will assist growers to access and spread new soil on their properties to replace topsoil washed away in the floods. It will also assist in repairing and replacing damaged irrigation infrastructure.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has teams on the ground conducting soil loss assessments for growers, which will inform distribution of funding.
The fund will be in addition to assistance available under Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
As part of the commitment, the McGowan Government will undertake a review of the Carnarvon catchment to provide systematic solutions to reduce future flood impacts on local growers.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“Carnarvon is a big contributor to the fresh fruit and vegetables supply to Western Australians.
“While damage from the recent floods was not widespread, some growers lost a significant amount of topsoil – and we are here to help them.
“Our $1 million fund will be available to growers to help their recovery, and at the same time examining longer-term systematic solutions to topsoil erosion.”
Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for North West Central Cherie Sibosado:
“This funding will help local growers get their crops in the ground as soon as possible.
“The McGowan Labor Government is committed to supporting Carnarvon growers, who are such an important part of our local community.”