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Fire-hit outback shire pleads for aid

By Kate Stephens, Monday December 24, 2012 - 11:04 EDT

A mayor in Queensland's north-west says he will be appealing for help when the State Agriculture Minister tours the fire-stricken Etheridge Shire today.

Mayor Will Attwood says months of fires and little rain has left local graziers exhausted and cash-strapped.

He says about $300,000 is needed to get feed to cattle over the next three weeks.

However, Councillor Attwood says what they really need is good rain and there are no decent falls on the horizon.

"There are a few storms way south of us but the last couple of days the clouds have built up, it's looked promising and then it's just all drifted away," he said.

"Our cattle station owners are very, very tired, they're worn out, they're very emotional, they're standing by and watching their cattle die, they're in a very bad situation at the moment."

The Mayor is due to meet Agriculture Minister John McVeigh this morning.

He says he hopes to impress on Mr McVeigh just how desperate the situation is.


- ABC

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