Campbell Newman pledges extra $20m to help drought-stricken farmers in QueenslandTuesday January 21, 2014 - 16:55 EDT
The Queensland Government announced an extra $20 million for struggling farmers today, as more of the state was declared to be drought-hit.
Two-thirds of the state has been drought-declared for months and another two council areas - Longreach and Barcaldine - have now been added to that list.
Premier Campbell Newman and Agriculture Minister John McVeigh today visited Longreach in the state's central west.
Mr Newman described grim scenes while announcing the extra drought relief.
"Scenes here today of water holes and dams that are drying up, almost no feed in the paddocks, and of course animals in many locations that are dying," he said.
"So today the Government is announcing more assistance to people on the land in terms of these drought conditions."
An extra $20 million will be provided this financial year, taking the total to $31 million.
Ian Burnett, the president of rural lobby group AgForce, has welcomed the Premier's pledge.
"We likewise had hoped that the season might have broken by now," he said.
"Our research has shown that up to 90 per cent of farmers had prepared for the dry conditions prior to this event, but with the continuation of these conditions, no-one can really prepare to continue through."
© ABC 2014
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