VFF Disaster Relief – GIPPSLAND & UPPER MURRAY FIRES
The Victorian Farmers Federation is coordinating fodder relief for farmers affected by bushfires in Gippsland and the Upper Murray. The VFF has secured an agreement with the Victorian Government to facilitate the transport of fodder to affected regions. This includes reimbursement of freight costs for transport of donated fodder.
Please see the information below for farmers impacted by the fires and for those who are wanting to donate fodder and funds to support recovery.
Further information will be released on fodder depot operating times and transport arrangements once it is finalised.
Farmers impacted by bushfire
All farmers who have been impacted by these fires are strongly urged to seek help by contacting the VFF as soon as possible.
Farmers in need of fodder or agistment should call the VFF on 1300 882 833 to register for assistance.
The VFF will register offers of agistment on this page (below) for fire impacted farmers to contact landowners offering their properties.
The VFF is also able to put you in touch with other services to help support you and your community with immediate needs and further recovery.
Agriculture Victoria is advising farmers in the case of injured livestock to euthanise and dispose if appropriate and to record images and information for insurance purposes.
Agriculture Victoria is supporting Gippsland and Upper Murray landholders through animal welfare assessments and assistance, farm impact assessments and the referral of urgent cases of personal need to the appropriate agencies.
If you have any injured livestock, please report it to Agriculture Victoria on 1800 226 226. Agriculture Victoria animal health staff will enter fire-affected areas as soon as it is safe to do so.
Farmers wanting to donate
Anyone with good quality fodder to donate should contact the VFF on 1300 882 833 to register.
In addition to donated fodder, the VFF also wants to know if landholders have paddocks available to agist livestock.
VFF DISASTER RELIEF FUND
The VFF Disaster Relief Fund is open to assist farmers impacted by the bushfires in Gippsland and the Upper Murray. All donations are tax deductable.
Donations will be used to directly assist farmers in Gippsland and the Upper Murray.
Donations may also assist apiarists and provide emergency stock water.
Donations can be made over the phone using a credit card by calling 1300 882 833 or by mailing a cheque (made out to VFF Disaster Relief Fund) to the Victorian Farmers Federation, 24 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000.
When making a direct deposit please include DRF and your name in the description area so funds can be allocated to fire affected farmers. If you would like a receipt, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide:
Date and amount donated