Be prepared – Keep growing – Whatever the Weather

Have you sustained damage?

Growcom has prepared a damage estimate form to collect valuable information that will allow us to lobby on your behalf for natural disaster recovery funding.

Many growers are re-thinking their climate risk strategies following the decade of natural disasters that have affected Queensland’s my lowes life horticulture industry. CSIRO/BOM warn that we can expect more frequent and more intense extreme weather events in coming years.

Some impacts of disasters cannot be avoided, but there are many things growers can do to reduce their vulnerability to extreme weather, to mitigate climate risks and prepare for disasters. Often, however, business pressures and time constraints stop growers from taking action.

These pages are designed to make disaster preparation more do-able – providing easy access to information and resources to help you prepare for extreme weather events and recover quickly if you are impacted by a natural disaster.

This webpage includes information you can read through, links to recorded webinars, plus useful preparation checklists and planning templates. These resources have been developed drawing on current literature and feedback from industry disaster recovery officers and growers who participated in “Whatever the Weather” workshops held in major horticultural production regions around Queensland during 2014.

For further information contact

Jane Muller
07 3620 3844


Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

Complete this quick checklist to make an initial assessment of how well prepared you are for an extreme weather event or natural disaster.


David Groves, a mango, lychee, avocado and starfruit grower from Bungandara, north-west of Yeppoon, shared his experience and learning outcomes at a Growcom hosted workshop after his family property sustained damaged following Cyclone Marcia on 20 February 2015.

NOTE: The following videos are intended for information purposes only. The opinions expressed are those of David Groves based on his experiences and should not be substituted for professional advice.



Here is a quick and easy way to get your head around what’s involved in preparing your farm business for natural disasters.

These seven webinars cover the basics of how to be prepared for extreme weather events and what actions you can take to help you recover quickly if your farm business is affected by a natural disaster.


Seasonal outlook – Spring 2016

The outlook for temperature and rainfall over the coming months is available online here.

The Bureau reports that during Spring (September to November 2016) rainfall is likely to be above average across parts of northern Australia. Elsewhere, the chances of a wetter or drier spring are roughly equal. Warmer days are likely across much of Australia, except eastern NSW and southern Queensland. Warmer nights are likely for Australia, except southwest Australia, northeast NSW and southeast Queensland.

Climate influences include a weakening negative Indian Ocean Dipole, and tropical Pacific Ocean temperatures which may approach – or briefly exceed – La Niña thresholds

For information on current El Nino / La Nina conditions, see the BOM website here.


Disaster Recovery Assistance

Should a natural disaster event affect the Queensland horticulture industry in the future, information for growers regarding assistance measures and other support will be posted here.

A one stop shop for information on drought and disaster assistance for Queensland’s farmers and graziers is now available from the Farmer Disaster Support website: www.farmerdisastersupport.org.au/disasters

If you have any questions about disaster preparedness and recovery please contact Growcom on 07 3620 3844 or email reception@growcom.com.au