Summer rain brings hope to parts of the Burnett
GOOD summer rain has seen drought declarations revoked in parts of the Burnett, while others across the region continue to hold out hope for rain.
Minister for agricultural industry development and fisheries Mark Furner said he accepted the recommendations of local drought committees to revoke the drought status of parts of the North Burnett, among other parts of the state.
Meanwhile, the South Burnett region remains drought-declared.
Good pasture growth followed rainfall earlier this year in parts of the North Burnett, as well as Fraser Coast, Gympie, and portions of the Western Downs Regional Council.
Mr Furner said unfortunately not all of Queensland had welcome rain.
"During the last 12 months much of southern, central and western Queensland continued to receive below to well-below average rainfall," he 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."
Mr Furner said producers in any drought-declared area who believed their property conditions were improved enough to allow restocking could have their property individually revoked.
AgForce CEO Michael Guerin said the changes announced this week were based on the recommendations of local drought committees taking into consideration their local conditions.
"The prolonged and severe drought has taken an enormous financial, environmental and emotional toll on farming families right throughout Queensland," he said.
"It's important though that ongoing support, such as mental health services, are still provided to communities that have had their drought status revoked and are now entering the recovery phase."
At the peak of the drought in March last year, 88 per cent of the state was drought-declared, however falls earlier this year have helped those areas drop down to 57 per cent.
The areas that have had their drought status revoked include: the western portion of the Banana Shire Council, Bundaberg Regional Council, Burdekin Shire Council, the northern part of the Charters Towers Regional Council, Fraser Coast Council, Gympie Regional Council, North Burnett Regional Council, Tablelands Regional Council, Townsville City Council, the declared portion of the Mareeba Shire Council and the Western Downs Regional Council.
Updated maps showing the drought status of shires and boundary descriptions and further information on DCAP can be found at www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au.
For further information call 132523 or visit www.daf.qld.gov.au.