Drought-hit Gulf Country to get pre-Christmas spruce-upBy Kate Stephens, Monday November 18, 2013 - 12:55 EDT
A Christmas 'cleaning blitz' is being organised to help households in drought-affected parts of north-west Queensland's Gulf Country.
A natural resource management group says professional cleaners will go to about 80 homesteads in the coming weeks.
Grant Fawcett from the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group says women are busy working on properties to help cope with the drought, so domestic chores are not a priority.
"Because we have a lot of properties under financial stress, they are doing work that paid employees would normally do," he said.
"They are doing the lick runs and the water runs and the hay runs.
"Then they have to come home where their man sits down and jumps in the shower they have to clean and cook a meal so they are the ones that need a hand up as well."
Mr Fawcett says the cleaners will do the domestic chores, leaving people with one less task to do during the drought.
"We're going to put a team together to go out and give the women of the property a helping hand with some domestic chores," he said.
"We're going for a thorough spring clean leading into the wet season.
"We'd love some rain so we can let the dust settle but if we don't get that we'll just give it a thorough clean anyway and get it over and done with."
© ABC 2013
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