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Agriculture Landscape Rehabilitation Scheme supports further flood recovery

Will Hodgman, Premier

Tasmanian farmers and landowners have received more recovery support from the 2016 floods with $4 million from the Tasmanian Government under the Agricultural Landscape Rehabilitation Scheme.

More than 150 eligible nominations across 24 catchments and 20 local councils in Tasmania will receive funding support under the Scheme.

The response to the initial $2 million Scheme was so high that the Government announced a further $2 million last month to extend the ALRS through support for on-farm land care works to support the recovery efforts.

The ALRS is designed to assist flood-affected landowners and communities through funding for projects and services aimed at rehabilitating land and stream systems and providing protection for land and water ways from future floods.

Nominations have been assessed based on consideration of how the funding available under the ALRS can assist as many eligible projects as possible.

Funding requests from individuals ranged from $1100 to $580,000 and all eligible nominations will receive a proportional contribution toward their clean-up and repair work costs to ensure the scheme assists as many people and areas as possible.

The Scheme has already assisted 235 landholders who received technical and expert advice on flood risks and management options, which has helped landholders both directly address the risks themselves and prepare nomination forms.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) will contact landholders advising them of the success or not of their nominations and making a funding offer towards eligible activities in their nominations.

The three regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups are administering the scheme and are the primary point of contact regarding the funding offers and the process for accessing funds.

The ALRS complements other programs that have been put in place since the floods which includes $2.15 million from the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to restore areas of the Mersey/Dasher river system through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.