Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

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 2012

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Victoria hit by damaging winds, with gusts over 100kph

07:01 EDT

Strong winds have battered Victoria overnight, with Melbourne airport hit by gusts of more than 100 kilometres per hour.

Victoria weather: Damaging wind expected overnight in Victoria with wind gusts up to 100kph

20:22 EDT

Victorians are being urged to batten down the hatches ahead of severe winds expected overnight.

Snow sticking around in the Alps

18:42 EDT

Australia's alps will receive more late-season snow this weekend, helping to maintain the best late-season cover in over 20 years.