Fire-hit outback shire pleads for aidBy 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
With another earthquake of 5.7 magnitude being recorded today near off the southern Queensland coast, meteorologists and oceanographers are keeping a wary eye on the potential for tsunamis.
A series of strong cold fronts which are moving in quick succession over southeastern parts of Australia threaten to bring low level snow over the coming days to parts of Tasmania.
Adelaide has recorded its chilliest July in close to 20 years, with both maximum and minimum temperatures colder than average.