Prepare repair estimates
When you are able to get an idea of the damage done, start preparing repair estimates so you can be on the front foot to apply for grants. Examples include:
- $/km of fencing needing to be fixed
- $/km of new fencing required
- quotes for replacement troughs/water infrastructure
- earth moving equipment rate and expected achievable repairs km/day.
Where possible, burying carcases is recommended to prevent surviving stock from coming in contact with toxins growing in the decaying carcases. Bury animals in deep graves away from creeks. Here are some carcass disposal guidelines.
Monitor hay drop sites
While hay drops are a blessing, it is worth monitoring drop sites for sneaky, invasive, opportunistic weeds.
Participate in surveys
You will no doubt be asked to participate in numerous surveys requesting estimates of the scale of damage. Completing these surveys will help inform all levels of government and assistance organisations where future funding should be directed and what resources are needed to help recovery.
Look for supporting evidence such as photos and invoices
While proof of the damaged infrastructure will be required, accompanying those photos with supporting evidence of what it looked like when it was in working order, can also be beneficial in demonstrating the amount of damage. Examples of supporting evidence include invoices and photos of the infrastructure in working order at an earlier date.