Emma Channon

More than 60% of Queensland now affected by drought

MOST of Queensland - more than 60% - is now in drought, with more Central Queensland council areas now formally running dry.

Shires of Isaac, Central Highlands and Barcaldine, west of Mackay and Rockhampton were drought-declared on Wednesday, as were Charters Towers, Woorabinda and the rest of the Blackall-Tambo regions.

In total, Queensland has 25 drought-affected councils.

Agriculture Minister John McVeigh said livestock in Isaac and Central Highlands were suffering after heavy frosts damaged regional pastures.

Farmers facing drought, regardless of formal declaration, are able to apply for a freeze on land rents.

They could also apply for subsidies on freight and water rebates through the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme.

To apply, or for more information, contact Department of Agriculture on 13 25 23 or visit  ww.daff.qld.gov.au

Queensland's drought-hit regions:

  • Balonne (part-declared)
  • Barcaldine (part-declared)
  • Barcoo
  • Blackall-Tambo
  • Boulia
  • Burke
  • Carpentaria
  • Central Highlands (part-declared)
  • Charters Towers (part-declared)
  • Croydon
  • Cloncurry
  • Diamantina
  • Doomadgee
  • Etheridge
  • Flinders
  • Isaac (part-declared)
  • Maranoa (part-declared)
  • McKinlay
  • Mt Isa
  • Murweh
  • Paroo
  • Quilpie
  • Richmond
  • Winton
  • Woorabinda (part-declared)

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