PRIMARY producers in the Balonne and Maranoa Council regions are eligible for the Newman Government's Drought Relief Assistance Scheme.
Agriculture Minister John McVeigh today declared the areas drought stricken, saying dam levels were very low and areas without bore supplies were facing severe shortages.
"There has been no significant rainfall and pasture is now very dry and lacking nutritional value," he said.
"Livestock condition has deteriorated throughout the winter and spring period and there is widespread supplementary feeding.
"The number of local government areas now drought declared stands at 26, including six partially declared. There are also 40 Individually Droughted Property (IDP) declarations in place in a number of other local government areas, making just over 62% of Queensland now under drought declarations."
Council areas drought declared:
- Barcaldine (part declared)
- Central Highlands (part declared)
- Charters Towers (part declared)
- Isaac (part declared)
- Longreach (part declared)
- Mt Isa
- Woorabinda (part declared).
For maps of the drought declared areas and boundary descriptions visit www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au
The latest information about support programs, upcoming drought information forums and key contacts are available at www.daff.qld.gov.au.
"Producers wanting to apply for the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme including the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate should contact the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 13 25 23 or visit the website for DRAS and IDP forms."