Scenic Rim and Rockhampton regions now fully drought declared.

Almost two thirds of Queensland now drought declared.

The total area of Queensland that is drought-declared has risen to 65.2% after a significant lack of rainfall across central, southern and south east Queensland.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner said he had accepted the recommendations of local drought committees to drought declare further areas as there were serious concerns around pasture growth and water supplies.

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“The local drought committees (LDCs) from the central, southern and south east Queensland regions have met and assessed the seasonal conditions from April 2018 to March 2019,” Mr Furner said.

“These areas saw significantly-below average rainfall over the last year, and the rainfall they did receive had little impact on breaking the ongoing drought.

“Therefore I have accepted the recommendations of the LDCs and my department to drought declare five additional shires and extend or issue part drought declarations in four others.”

The new declarations cover Ipswich Regional Council, the remainder of Western Downs Regional Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, the remainder of Banana Regional Council, Gladstone Regional Council, Rockhampton Regional Council, Livingstone Shire and the southern portion of the Central Highlands Regional Council including part of the Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council area, defined as south of the Capricorn Highway.

For help with your Drought Declaration Assistance application contact QDO on 3236 2955

Attendance at transition workshop a positive sign for the dairy industry.

Attendees at the Beaudesert workshop

Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation held the first of its Growth, Transition & Succession Options for Dairy Farmers workshops at the Scenic Rim Council Centre on Tuesday 15 May.  The workshop saw attendance from multiple generations of dairy farmers seeking advice on the myriad of options available to successfully transition the dairy business and the transition of property.

Following the workshop, 73% of participants said they found the topics covered extremely or very useful. It is a positive sign that the majority of attendees have expressed an interest in additional financial planning advice in the form of on-farm one-on-one sessions which QDO will undertake starting next week. These sessions are designed to assist in developing a plan that is right for the individual circumstances of the family.  

QDO will host another workshop in Marburg on 12 June. Any member wishing to book in for Marburg or secure a one-one-one session should contact QDO on 3236 2955