Good summer rainfall sees drought declarations lifted in parts of Queensland

Good summer rainfall has seen drought declarations revoked in parts of Queensland while others in the state wait in hope for rain.

Rain earlier in the year has seen the drought declared area drop to 57 per cent after previously sitting above 66 per cent.

At its peak in March last year, that figure was 88 per cent.

Queensland Minister for Agriculture Industry Development and Fisheries, Mark Furner, accepted the recommendations of local drought committees to revoke the drought status of parts of north Queensland, the north Burnett and south east Queensland.

“These are decisions made by the local drought committees … they are the people that are best prepared and in the position of identifying what should be in, what should be out,” he said.

Good pasture growth followed rainfall in the western part of the Banana Shire Council, Bundaberg Regional Council, Burdekin Shire Council and the northern part of the Charters Towers Regional Council.

Drought declarations have also been revoked for the Fraser Coast Regional Council, Gympie Regional Council, North Burnett Regional Council, Tablelands Regional Council, Townsville City Council, the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.

Any producer still experiencing difficult conditions in the revoked areas — or in any council area that is not drought declared — can apply for an Individually Droughted Property declaration (IDP).


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