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Nursery industry natural disaster risk mitigation and recovery plan (NY18008)

Key research provider: Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland (NGIQ)

What’s it all about?

This investment, beginning in June 2019, is assessing the potential for natural disasters and severe weather events to impact upon the Australian production nursery industry, and helping to develop strategies and resources for better preparedness, speedier recovery and stronger resilience.

As part of the work in identifying natural hazards such as bushfires, floods and cyclones, the project is developing a risk map for the industry. It is also producing an official Natural Disaster Recovery Action Plan and, specifically for growers and nursery businesses, it’s developing a risk mitigation and management best practice guide, which will be integrated into the industry’s Best Management Practice (BMP) program.

During the period, development work was completed on the Risk Map Portal and a Business Continuity and Recovery Plan Template in the event of a natural disaster.

Six Nursery Preparation Checklists based on predominant natural hazards was developed. Checklists covered bushfire, flood, frost, heatwave, hail and storm, and severe wind/tropical cyclone. The Checklists are available on the Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland (NGIQ) website and also in the March 2021 edition of Yourlevy@Work.

Industry Best Management Practices auditable checklists were applied to Ecohort businesses with the aim to have this content integrated into Ecohort audits by mid-2021.

Related levy funds

This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Nursery Fund