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Flood support for rate payers in Playford

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Flood support for rate payers in Playford
Published 1 December 2016
Do you live in Playford and have been affected by the recent floods? New information about support and relief packages is now available.

Do you live in Playford and have been affected by the recent floods? New information about support and relief packages is now available.The City of Playford has revealed a three-pronged support package for ratepayers impacted by September’s flooding of the Gawler River floodplain.Ratepayers can apply for flood relief, development application support and business support as part of the package announced by the City of Playford this week.

The support packages will provide some relief for ratepayers in the Virginia, Angle Vale and Buckland Park areas who were most affected by the flood.

PIRSA estimates between 1000 and 1500 hectares of properties under crop were damaged during the flood, accounting for approximately 25 per cent of the flood area and 184 land owners.

The City of Playford’s Mayor Glenn Docherty said primary producers in the flood-affected areas are valued contributors to our region’s ongoing growth and prosperity and that Council’s relief program reflects this.

Financial relief

“To support flood-affected ratepayers during this time, the City of Playford will waive any new, from 28 September 2016, late payment fines/interest incurred due to hardship,” Mayor Docherty said.

“If you wish to seek rate relief, contact the rates office on 8256 0333 and arrange a payment plan.”

Mayor Docherty also said that Council’s Development Services Department will prioritise applications to replace flood-damaged structures, while business support services will be offered through the Stretton Centre.

For planning support, speak to Jamie Hanlon (8256 0327), or for business support, contact Karina Jameson (8256 0589 or kjamieson@playford.sa.gov.au).

Recovery Services

Meanwhile, the State Government is offering recovery services to the affected communities.

State Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell this week told Gawler River floodplain residents that PIRSA recovery programs continue to operate from the Virginia Horticulture Centre providing information and support services.

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, Centrelink, and Red Cross staff are also providing services at the centre.

Minister Bignell said primary producers can apply for grants of up to $10,000 – totalling $3 million – to reimburse expenses incurred for the immediate costs of clean up, re-establishment and repair.

It is estimated the total overall loss to primary producers exceeds $50 million and could rise further.

“I’ve visited the Gawler River Floodplain region and spoken with growers to understand the scale of the damage,” Minister Bignell said.

“Much work has been done in a very short period of time; however, the recovery process will take a long time, with many producers estimating it could be six months before they are back in full production.”

The minister added that PIRSA is co-ordinating a waste management program for the community, beginning with assessments to identify the waste and the best methods of removal.