Be Prepared – Keep growing – Whatever the Weather

Many growers are re-thinking their climate risk strategies following recent disaster experiences and warnings from CSIRO/BOM that we can expect more frequent and more intense extreme weather events in coming years.

Some impacts of disasters simply cannot be avoided.

There are, however, many things growers can do to reduce their vulnerability to extreme weather, to mitigate climate risks and prepare for disasters. Unfortunately, business pressures and time constraints can be major barriers to taking action.

These pages are designed to make the task of 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.

This important industry initiative has been supported with funds from the Australian Government.

For further information contact

Jane Muller
Whatever the Weather Coordinator

07 3620 3844

We’d love to hear any feedback or suggestions from you on the Whatever the Weather resources available through the Growcom website, or your thoughts on improving disaster preparedness or resilience in your business, or future project needs. Click here for our 10 minute survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KTY6FC9



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 – Summer-Autumn 2015

Warmer and drier than normal conditions have been predicted for much of Queensland between February and April. The outlook for temperature and rainfall over the coming months is available at http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/outlooks/#/overview/summary

The Bureau of Meteorology also says that average to below-average tropical cyclone activity is most likely for the Australian region this season. The outlook is available at http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/ahead/tc.shtml

The Bureau reports that the tropical Pacific Ocean has eased away from the borderline El Niño observed during late 2014. Overall, the tropical Pacific region remains neutral. For further information, see http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso/


Disaster Recovery Assistance

Growers affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia in February 2015 can access information regarding impact assessment and recovery assistance here

Disaster recovery assistance for Cyclone Ita and Ex-tropical cyclone Oswald has now ceased and Industry Recovery Officers have returned to their substantive positions within Growcom.

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.

If you are recovering from an extreme weather event or natural disaster, you may find it useful to review the disaster recovery information provided on this page (link) or in this webinar (link). If you require further assistance, please contact us and we will do what we can to help.

Growcom 07 3620 3844 or reception@growcom.com.au

Australia’s natural disaster funding arrangements have been reviewed by the Productivity Commission.  The Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) provide the basis for the provision of government assistance and grants to families and businesses affected by severe or exceptional natural disaster events.

The Productivity Commission completed its report in December 2014, however, it has not yet been publically released by the Australian Government. Information regarding the outcomes of this review and implications for future disaster recovery assistance will be posted here.


Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

Complete this 3 minute quiz to make an initial assessment of how well prepared you are for an extreme weather event or natural disaster.


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