Cyclone Yasi DVD to help long-term recovery in Far North Queensland

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has created an online web portal and DVD for farmers recovering from Cyclone Yasi, and also to offer some tips that could help them prepare for future disastrous climatic events.

The DVD gives farmers access to a range of climate and disaster information from a single point, at a time that suits them.

QFF CEO Dan Galligan said it offered information in a visual format and was therefore easy for busy farmers to digest.

“This DVD brings together important cyclone, climate, and disaster information into a visual format,” Mr Galligan said. “It will be available for farmers to come back and revisit when it suits them.”

The Taking Stock project, funded through the State and Federal Government’s Rural Resilience Fund, has gathered information from experts on a range of topics.

It contains specific tips and stories on:

  • building resilient farm infrastructure
  • insurance and business planning
  • using social media to aid the recovery
  • ensuring farmers deal with mental health issues

“Importantly, the videos have also used the expertise of industry recovery officers (IROs). These officers were on the ground helping farmers in the recovery.

“The IROs were on the ground throughout 2011 and early 2012 helping get farmers and businesses back on track. The program has now concluded, but it has been one of the success stories of the recovery.”

Mr Galligan said that part of the recovery from Yasi would include preparations for future natural disasters and shock events.

“The release of this DVD and web portal will trigger that action and help build a more resilient rural community in Far North Queensland”.

More information is available at: http://www.qff.org.au/policy-projects/our-work/cyclone-resilience/


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