Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne has accepted the recommendations of Local Drought Committees that seven more regions be drought declared.
Somerset Regional Council joins Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett, Cherbourg, Gympie and the remainder of Banana in being added to the list of councils that are officially in-drought.
“I asked Local Drought Committees across South East Queensland to meet at their earliest opportunity to recommend whether their Shires should be drought declared,” the Minister said.
“I have received the recommendations of seven committees to make a declaration and I have no hesitation in doing so. The declarations are effective immediately.
“These latest declarations bring the total area of Queensland where drought is declared to 87.47%.
Drought declared producers are able to access DRAS fodder and water freight subsidies and emergency water infrastructure rebates as well as access to other programs in the Queensland Drought Assistance Package (if eligible).
This includes relief from electricity charges, land rent rebates and water licence waivers as well as access to a number of community and mental health programs. For further information , all 13 25 23 or visit www.daf.qld.gov.au for DRAS information.