NO SURPRISE: Bidwill cane farmer Allen Birt said he wasn’t surprised drought status had been revoked.
NO SURPRISE: Bidwill cane farmer Allen Birt said he wasn’t surprised drought status had been revoked. File

Farmers skeptical after drought declaration revoked

THE Fraser Coast is no longer drought declared, but some farmers believe the decision to revoke the region's drought status has come too soon.

The decision means Fraser Coast farmers will no longer be able to access State Government subsidies.

Yerra cattle farmer Kaylene Hale said her property had not seen a great deal of run-off even though it had rained, which meant the dams on her and husband Peter's property were still nowhere close to being full.

She said for some farmers the situation was much more desperate and in some cases the decision to revoke the region's drought status had probably been made too early.

Bidwill cane farmer Allen Birt said he wasn't surprised that the region was no longer drought declared.

"As a cane grower it wasn't unexpected," he said.

Mr Birt said the situation could be different for graziers. He said that the region's cane growers were currently having one of the best seasons they had experienced in many years.


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