Drought status reviewed

SOUTHERN Downs rural producers will find out later this month whether our region is still officially “in drought”.

The status of our region will be determined by the Queensland Primary Industries Minister Tim Mulherin acting on advice from the Local Drought Committee.

A spokesman for the minister said LDCs traditionally meet in April, at the end of the summer rain season, to formulate recommendations for government.

A Warwick LDC member confirmed our locally-based group had met last week to evaluate seasonal conditions and the on-ground situation for Southern Downs primary producers.

But he declined to comment on what recommendation his group had made to the minister.

Last year the Warwick LDC was harshly criticised by grassroots producers when they advised the lifting of the Southern Downs droughtstatus.

The latest regional status report is expected to be released by Minister Mulherin in the next fortnight.



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