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Landholders Urged to Report Damage from Severe Storm

Landholders Urged to Report Damage from Severe Storm

Landholders in the Gol Gol North area impacted by Saturday's violent storm have been encouraged to contact Local Land Services Western Region to report damage to vines and crops.

With reports of hail and winds leaving a trail of destruction to hundreds of hectares of horticultural crops and infrastructure, Western Local Region and NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) staff continued to assess the extent of the damage this morning.

Local Land Services Western Region Manager Biosecurity and Emergency Services, David Creeper said the high wind gusts and hail storms uprooted mature trees, twisted large branches off others and stripped leaves off grapevines.

"While we are working with other agencies to assess the full extent of the damage, the Local Land Services focus is on the agricultural impact of this severe storm and early reports suggest that it has been significant," Mr Creeper said.

"Affected landholders should contact the Buronga Office of Local Land Services at 32 Enterprise Way by phoning 03 5021 9460."

DPI's Regional Director – Western, Greg Markwick said DPI and Local Land Services would continue to map the extent of the damage.

"Staff will be visiting affected properties throughout the district, but need the help of landholders to make sure we include the full area of the storm's impact, range of crops affected and likely ongoing costs," Mr Markwick said.

Mr Creeper said the role of Local Land Services was to conduct an initial assessment of damage.

"Landholders who have been affected need to report damage to ensure that the disaster application captures the entire affected area," he said.

"It's important that all affected landholders can access any potential financial support to help them recover from the results of this storm."

Media contact: Local Land Services – Donna Ambler 0400 258 690

DPI Media Unit – 6391 3686