Prepare for natural disasters with these levy-funded resources

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Over the past few years, Australian production nurseries have been tested as frequent natural disasters including floods, droughts and cyclones have caused damage to stock and infrastructure.

Australian production nurseries have always been prone to natural disasters. By design, nurseries are often on flat ground, near rivers or other water sources increasing their risk of floods.

They also tend to be located in peri-urban areas which are typically high-risk areas for bushfires and the high volume of plant material, flammable liquids and power tools further increases the risk.

However, a strategic levy-funded project, managed by Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland and funded by Hort Innovation using nursery levy funds and funds from the Australian Government, provides growers with a set of resources to help prepare their businesses for natural disasters.

This project is designed to help mitigate the potential significant impacts of unforeseen events on the nursery industry, reduce disruption to business operations, sustainability, and long-term profitability.

Specifically, the project has developed individual checklists to help nurseries prepare for bushfire, flood, heatwaves, cyclones, frost and hail.

Production nurseries can download each individual checklist from the Australian Plant Production Standard (APPS) website here:

In addition to checklists for specific emergencies, a range of additional resources to support business planning before, during and after an emergency are also available.

For example, a template for a Business Emergency Plan, is housed on the APPS website. This handy tool provides a step-by-step guide to formulating a business plan in times of emergency.

It covers a range of issues including: key responsibilities, emergency contact details, evacuation procedures, fire protection equipment, chemical safety, first aid, neighbouring businesses and post incident follow up.

Growers who don’t currently have a Business Emergency Plan should strongly consider downloading this resource to build their own plan. Those who do currently have a plan are also encouraged to refresh that plan on a regular basis.

There is no better time than today to get prepared for natural disasters, so whether you need to refresh existing plans, or are only developing plans for the first time, head to the Australian Plant Production Standard website today to access levy-funded resources.

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The Nursery industry natural disaster risk mitigation and recovery plan (NY18008), project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the nursery industry research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government.