Producers told to prepare now for Tropical Cyclone Debbie

News release | 24-Mar-2017

North Queensland producers are being urged to prepare their properties in anticipation of the passage of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries North Queensland Director Adam West said now is the time to prepare to minimise any potential damage.

“Cyclones can have a devastating impact on producers as we saw during severe tropical cyclones Larry, Yasi and most recently, Marcia in February 2015,” Mr West said.

“So now is the time to get ready by taking steps such as having an evacuation plan, check your cyclone kit including important phone numbers and batteries for your torches, moving stock to higher ground, and making sure you have enough feed and water for your animals.

“Dairy, intensive livestock and aquaculture producers should check their generators and ensure they have enough fuel.

“Banana growers can access key preparation tips for their crops as well as Panama disease tropical race 4 information from the ABGC website https://abgc.org.au/2017/03/23/cyclone-information/.

“We can’t stress enough that the key is to act early to reduce the risk of disaster damage and financial loss, and also potentially save lives.

“To assist producers, we’ve prepared specially-tailored natural disaster guides to help protect their property, business, livestock and crops.

To view these guides go to www.business.qld.gov.au and search for ‘natural disasters’ and ‘preparing your animals for natural disasters’.

Mr West said the Queensland Government would be working closely with industry and producers impacted by the predicted cyclone to make sure assistance is available where needed.

Following the cyclone, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will also work with industry to determine any appropriate assistance that may be required to help producers with recovery.

For more information on preparing for a natural disaster contact DAF on 13 25 23 visit www.business.qld.gov.au.

For further information on cyclone preparations in your local area, such as evacuation routes and public shelter arrangements, phone your local council.

Media contact: Samantha McGee, 07 3087 8558