On-ground support for bushfire victims continues
16 February 2017
Local Land Services staff from Central Tablelands, Central West, Hunter and Northern Tablelands regions are continuing to offer support to landholders affected by recent Sir Ivan, Kains Flat and Ilford fires.
Acting as support agency with NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) under the Agricultural and animal services functional area banner, veterinarians and biosecurity officers are in the firegrounds dealing with animal welfare issues.
Mudgee Local Control Centre Incident Controller Clare Hamilton said the extent of the damage is yet to be completely grasped.
“Forward command posts have been established in Dunedoo and Merriwa,” Ms Hamilton said.
“Staff based in these locations are working across the fireground to support landholders with affected livestock.
“Staff from across the state have come together to assist with this response.”
While the number of affected animals continues to rise, amongst those reported lost to date are sheep, cattle, goats, alpaca, horses and dogs.
“Of course fire is not picky,” Ms Hamilton said.
“With two RSPCA officers working out of the Dunedoo forward command post, assistance for injured native animals is also occurring promptly.
Central West Local Land Services Regional Veterinarian Jillian Kelly is working from the fire-affected area and said landholders needed to continue to monitor stock health.
“While livestock may have initially appeared unaffected, we are now receiving reports of animals with badly-burned feet, respiratory and other health issues,” Dr Kelly said.
“We urge landholders to remain vigilant where animal welfare is concerned and if anyone is unsure or would like further advice, they should call 1800 814 647.”
Landholder support is also being offered by DPI through the both the Rural Assistance Authority and the Rural Resilience Program.
To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.
Local councils have also assisted through the erection of signs on recently-opened roads warning of potential wandering stock due to the loss of fences.
Affected landholders needing animal health assistance or anyone in the area who sees wandering livestock should call 1800 814 647.
Image available on request: Fire aftermath on Ulan road
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