NEW natural disaster checklists available for industry

Friday, 12 March 2021

Facing floods, bushfires, and prolonged drought in recent years, it’s evident that Australia’s nursery industry needs to be prepared and well equipped to readily respond and implement natural disaster risk mitigation plans.

The levy-funded project, ‘Nursery industry natural disaster risk mitigation and recovery plan’ (NY18008), provides production nurseries with support resources and a business impact analysis to improve management of natural disasters.

Led by Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland (NGIQ) and funded by Hort Innovation using nursery levies and funds from the Australian Government, this project seeks to equip production nurseries with the tools to improve the management of climate threats and risks.

Natural disasters have significant impacts on the nursery industry, disrupting business operations, sustainability, and long-term profitability. So, the team at NGIQ has developed a series of checklists on six identified natural hazards for nurseries that are now available:

These resources contain information on the three stages of preparation including pre-season, general site activities and immediate threat.

These ‘Nursery Preparation Checklists’ will bolster industry protection against bushfires, building further on the insights and knowledge identified through this project.

Through proper planning and preparing for extreme weather events, growers will be able to continually support facilitate business growth and profitability even in an unknown climatic future.

It is now normal to expect a continuation of prolonged extreme weather events which is proving a risk to the Nursery Industry, increasing access to information and resources enables nursery growers to prepare for and make informed business decisions of future climate events.

Resources and checklists for industry are available here.

Nursery industry natural disaster risk mitigation and recovery plan (NY18008) has been funded by Hort Innovation using nursery industry levies and funds from the Australian Government.