Wooroloo Bushfire Disaster
Paddock Seeding Program
THE CLOSING DATE FOR EOI IS SUNDAY 8TH MAY 2021
In response to the Wooroloo Bushfire Disaster, South Bunbury Rotary Club have raised a sufficient amount of money to buy a large quantity of paddock seed,which they’ve donated to the owners of properties affected by the fires.
Gidge Pony Club are responsible for accepting expressions of interest from local property owners, and sourcing experienced local farming contractors to assist property owners with seeding.
To get the seeding done as quickly and cost-effectively as possible before winter sets in, the plan is to carry out the work one street/area at a time.
It’s unclear at this stage how many properties we’ll be able to do, so we’re accepting EOI on a ‘first in best dressed’ basis for now.
How the program works
Properties affected by the Wooroloo Bushfire Disaster are eligible to receive pasture seed at the following rates:
1 x 25kg bag for properties up to 5 acres in size (total property size)
2 x 25kg bags for properties over 5 acres in size (total property size)
Additional bags of seed can be purchased at the heavily discounted rate of $60 per 25kg bag to a maximum of the same number of bags they are eligible for. Eg. Owners of a 5 acre property can purchase up to 1 extra 25kg bag, owners of properties over 5 acres can purchase up to 2 extra 25kg bags.
Owners of eligible properties won’t have to pay for the cost of the seed, but they will have to pay for the cost of fertiliser to prepare the ground, the cost of applying the fertiliser to the area to be seeded, and the cost of the seeding.
Our contractors estimate that if done at the same time as neighbouring properties or properties in close promixity, the estimated out of pocket cost to a property owner for seeding an average 5 acre/2 ha property is likely to be between $250 and $500, subject to a property inspection.
This estimate doesn’t apply to properties done out of sequence.
Sequence of events
- After the closing date for applications, submissions will be assessed for eligibility and allocated to a contractor to arrange for a site inspection
- At the site inspection, the contractor will confirm
- that the property is eligible
- the areas to be seeded using a mud map of the property
- the type and quantity of fertiliser required
- the quantity of seed required
- that the property is ready and accessible for seeding
- At the site inspection, the contractor will provide the property owner with an estimate of their out of pocket costs.
- To simplify the administration of this program, the contractor will invoice the property owner for the cost of the fertiliser, and the cost of applying the fertiliser and seed to the agreed paddocks.
- Once payment has been received, the property will be allocated to the work schedule.
Gidge Pony Club Coordinator
0407 999 826
0488 788 856
The seed is an oats/rye/clover blend (approximately 15%/42.5%/42.5%).
The rye is a hybrid variety that’s not subject to toxicity, making it ideal for stock.
Local agronomist Jordy House is able to do soil testing and help you interpret the results. Approx $150 to get soil testing done and a couple of weeks to get results back.
Contact Jordy on 0407 603 879
Applications open on Monday 26th April and close on Sunday 8th May 2021.
ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS MOST LIKELY TO BE ASKED
What if I’m still waiting for my property to be cleared or fencing re-done and I’m not ready to go ahead?
The ideal time for seeding is around May, which doesn’t leave us much time to get this coordinated. Property owners who aren’t ready to go ahead straight away will be held over to the next round, if there is sufficient seed for this to be possible.
How soon can I put stock back into the areas being seeded?
Areas to be seeded will need to have restricted grazing for around 12 months to give the pasture a chance to become established.
As a guide, once the seed reaches 250-300mm out of the ground it could be lightly grazed for a day, then again once it reaches 250-300mm. Once it reaches 300mm in late August, it can begin to be grazed more frequently in rotation.
A well-considered pasture management plan will ensure that the area is productive for years to come. For more information,go here.