Drought status unchanged

THE Local Drought Committee (LDC) has not submitted a recommendation to change the drought status of the region.

It is understood the LDC met this week and agreed not to apply for drought declaration. A Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) spokesperson said the LDC continued to monitor seasonal conditions in the Southern Downs Regional Council area.

“The LDC has not submitted a recommendation to change the drought status of the shire,” he said.

The LDC was criticised during the summer by local producers struggling with dry conditions. Producers still claim the region is in a “green drought”.

“The LDC will continue to monitor the situation and assess applications for Individually Droughted Property Declarations, which provide the same assistance as if an area declaration was in place,” the DEEDI spokesperson said.

“Producers who consider their property to have had insufficient rainfall can contact the Queensland Government on 13 25 23 for an Individually Droughted Property declaration application form.”



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