Mayor welcomes drought declaration for Southern Downs
Southern Downs Regional Mayor Tracy Dobie
has welcomed a decision by the Queensland State Government today to drought
declare the Southern Downs.
for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Mark Furner today
announced the entire Southern Down region is drought declared following
extremely dry conditions and little to no rainfall in recent months.
last 12 months much of southern, central and western Queensland continued to
receive below to well-below average rainfall,” Mr Furner said
“A lack of useful spring and summer rainfall over the last four to five years,
combined with above average temperatures, continues to have a major impact in
most of pastoral Queensland.
“The last twelve months has also been very dry for the Southern Downs Regional
significant concerns about stock, irrigation and rural domestic water supplies,
and I have therefore accepted the local drought committee’s recommendations to
drought declare the region.”
Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said she fully supported today’s announcement, which will
bring much needed relief to local producers suffering from dry conditions.
has worked very hard and has been advocating strongly to the State Government
to reinstate the region’s drought declaration after it was repealed in 2017,”
Cr Dobie said.
the drought declaration was reinstated was a priority for Council because we
simply have not had enough rain and it is putting much stress and pressure on
our local producers.
the dry conditions faced by our region has been a joint effort between Council,
our local drought committee and Minister Furner and I’d like to extend my
appreciation to all those involved in today’s decision.”
advised producers in any drought-declared area who believed their property
conditions were improved enough to allow restocking could have their property
drought declaration is revoked, producers can access returning from agistment
and restocking freight subsidies through the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme
(DRAS) for up to two years after the end of the drought declaration,” he said.
to be eligible for these subsidies producers must ensure their property’s
drought declaration is first revoked before introducing any livestock.”