A south-west Queensland mayor says graziers in his shire are only now starting to recover from a decade of drought and then successive years of flooding.
Quilpie Mayor Stuart Mackenzie says the shire is experiencing a "mini boom" due to expansion in the gas industry and visitor numbers are also up 25 per cent, boosting the local tourism sector.
He says the economy depends on a strong rural sector and graziers are finally getting back to full production after a horrendous period.
"Only those of us who live out here actually understand the decimation that happened up until the end of 2009," he said.
"Stock numbers across the shire - not just in the shire but across the region that the shire services - probably down to about a fifth of what it normally would have been and that has taken a long time to recover.
"We are now and only now starting to get back to [full] agricultural production.
"Quilpie I think is going through a mini boom at the moment.
"We have mining that is continuing to expand, we have something like $280 million worth of mining exports go out of this shire every year ... and tourism, our visitor numbers are up 25 per cent so far this year on last year."
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