Drought and Dairy Support Services in the Coorong
A range of drought and dairy support services are now available across the Coorong District.
Federal Government funding for Drought related Social and Community measures ceased on the 30th of June 2016. However there are ongoing measures to support farmers and farming communities dealing with drought and dairy industry issues.
This page contains a range of useful contacts, resources, links to technical information, and software.
Australian Government - Department of Human Services
Ongoing assistance measures to assist farmers and farming families include;
Drought/Dairy Recovery Concessional Loans – to assist farm businesses to manage and recover from drought /dairy industry issues and return to viability in the long term. Further details below under Primary Industries and Regions SA.
Farm Household Allowance - up to three years of income support for eligible farmers and their partners to improve their long-term financial situation. Farmers experiencing hardship who are receiving the Farm Household Allowance will continue to be supported with a Farm Household Allowance case worker. An additional 18 staff have been recruited to the National Farm Household Assistance processing team to expedite processing. See Farmer Assistance Hotline details below.
Youth Allowance – including changes to the assessment process, which will enable a greater number of rural youth experiencing financial hardship to qualify for income support.
The Rural Financial Counselling Service - free rural financial counselling for farmers to better understand and improve the financial position of their business. Further details below.
National community mental health and family and relationship services - to support the prevention of family breakdown and strengthen family relationships.
Dairy Liaison Officer Contacts
Carmel Shellie (Service Zone Nth Central Vic – based at Shepparton) will commence in the Dairy Liaison Officer role on 1 August 2016 .
Philip Joyce (Service Zone West Vic – based at Geelong) will backfill the role from 4th - 29th of July.
Philip.Joyce@humanservices.gov.au 03 52248422
Farmer Assistance Hotline
Farm Household Allowance
Help for farmers and their families experiencing financial hardship
Telephone: 13 23 16
For further information on support available from Primary Industries and Regions SA contact: phone (08) 8762 9100 or visit www.pir.sa.gov.au
Click link below to access information in regard to Dairy Suppport Services.
Drought and Dairy Concessional Loans administered by PIRSA
The Drought Concessional Loans and Drought Recovery Concessional Loans schemes are now available to South Australian farmers until 30 June 2016 (or when fully allocated – whichever occurs first).
PIRSA’s Prudential and Rural Financial Services staff can be contacted toll free on 1800 182 235.
Rural Financial Counselling
Free, confidential and impartial business support and information to primary producers
Rural Business Support (RBS) is a not-for-profit organisation based in South Australia, formed in 2006 as part of the national rural financial counselling network.
As a Rural Financial Counsellors work closely with primary producers, including fishermen and small rural business owners, to plan for their future and be better prepared for climate variability.
Rural Financial Counsellors work with eligible clients to review a range of options with the aim of improving profitability and long term viability. We provide information and decision making support to clients, promote sound business management practices and refer clients to other professional service providers where appropriate.
Sara Pixley - Rural Financial Counsellor
0448 092 294 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara covers the Murray Mallee region – stretching to Langhorne Creek, Pinnaroo, Swan Reach, Tungkillo, Callington
Telephone: 1800 836 211 http://www.ruralbusinesssupport.org.au
The Dry Times Management page has a list of resources to assist with farm management decisions and help you look after your financial and mental wellbeing during tough times.
- Latest BOM seasonal outlook
- 'A farmer’s health and land go hand in hand' Download Flyer
- Dry Times landholder case studies, workshop presentations and resources.
Natural Resources Weather Station Networks
Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin and South East both have extensive weather station networks. There is likely to be a regularly updated weather station near you which you can look up at any time using the links below. It is ideal to save these addresses in your 'favourites' to access at any time.
Improved Local Weather Station Tool
A new website has been developed with a user friendly app type interface to access the local data available through the Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin and South East weather stations. The site is especially designed for use on smart phones, and tablets.
As well as a point of access to current conditions at local weather stations, the site also enables you to access data from the last seven days, warnings, and covers the parameters that need to be considered when spraying, spreading, harvesting, and irrigating.
To access this terrific tool CUT AND PASTE:
aws.naturalresources.sa.gov.au into your browser IF using a smart phone or table
http://m.aws.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/#/search into your browser IF using a computer
SA Murray Darling NRM Weather Stations
South East NRM Weather Stations
Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan
Links to presentations from:
Drought Management Opportunities Workshops
Includes informative presentations on;
Weather and climate information for adapting to dry seasons in SE South Australia
Utilising Failed Crops for Livestock and Spontaneous Combustion of Hay
Feed Budgeting in a Drought
Rural Business Support Financial Counselling
Setting up stock containment areas
Livestock feed requirement, health and welfare
Adapting your Farm Business to Dry and Variable Conditions Workshop
Includes informative presentations on; - local weather trends, - resilient farm businesses, - adapting your agronomy and livestock management to dry conditions, - Australian Government Department of Human Services Drought Program.
Please click here:
Ration Book Software
‘Ration Book' is a computer program that calculates least cost diets for sheep and beef cattle. It has recently been updated and re-released by the Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan.
Rations can be formulated for stock under drought, maintenance, growth, pregnancy or lactation situations. Supplementary rations can be added to dry pasture or stubble paddocks while fully suppled rations are for growth feedlots or autumn confinement feeding.
The program can also be used for budgeting fodder reserves, both in terms of the quantities of feed stuffs to put in store and when calculating alternative purchasing or selling strategies.
For more information or to order a copy please visit:
MacKillop Farm Management Group
Tiff Bennett put together the series of articles below on getting the best from those unsuccessful crops within your livestock enterprise. Please click on the articles below to link to the MacKillop Farm Management Group website.
For more information on any of the above please contact Tiffany Bennett
Phone: 0887629126 / 0488524609
(Office days: Tuesday and Friday)
Limestone Coast Service Directory
The Limestone Coast Service Directory has been recently launched. This is a community project that will enable the Limestone Coast community to connect with the many community health services provided in our region.
The directory can be found at www.limestone.servicesdirectory.org.au
If you click on the 'search services' tab on the home screen you will see the break down of services covered.
Coorong District Council
Click here to access the Suicide Prevention Network page
Drought related Media Releases