DROUGHT STATUS: Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner has reintroduced the Southern Downs' drought-declared status.
DROUGHT STATUS: Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner has reintroduced the Southern Downs' drought-declared status. Tahlia Stehbens

Producers have their say on future of droughts

QUEENSLANDERS are encouraged to help shape the future of the state's drought program by attending a regional forum or submitting their thoughts online.

Agricultural industry development minister Mark Furner said it was vital producers gave their feedback on what can be improved and how better resilience can be built in the future to the independent panel.

"With drought foremost in people's minds, now is the best time to work with industry and the community to review government, industry and community actions through this drought and think about improvements for future droughts,” he said.

Queensland Transport and Logistics Council CEO, former AgForce Queensland CEO and beef producer Charles Burke will be part of the drought program review panel.

Queensland GasFields Commission part-time chair Ruth Wade will also serve on the panel, bringing her expertise as a former Queensland Farmer's Federation CEO and former Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd director.

"They will consider what has worked well, and what could be improved and how we can better prepare for future droughts,” Mr Furner said.

There will be a drought program review workshop held in Dalby on September 28 from 12noon to 2pm at the BMO Conference Centre.

The panel will hold forums in six regional locations, are seeking written submissions through the drought program review website until October 19.

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