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Gulf graziers offered $100K in aid

Monday December 24, 2012 - 11:06 EDT

The Queensland Government has pledged $100,000 to help bushfire-affected graziers in the state's north-west.

He says the State Government is considering whether parts of bushfire-affected Gulf Country can be declared a disaster area.

"That takes some weeks to work through, hence our announcement as an LNP government to make an immediate $100,000 donation to get things rolling.

"The individual disaster-stricken properties process is something that's totally funded by the State Government.

"We've had some access to that already and that remains some assistance available to producers who want to sit down and apply for that."

More than a million hectares has been burnt in the Etheridge Shire and cattle are nearing starvation because there is no pasture left.



Mr McVeigh is visiting properties in the region today.

Etheridge Shire Mayor Will Attwood had said about $300,000 was needed just to feed cattle over the next few weeks.

Barry Hughes from North Head station, south-west of Georgetown, says almost all of his property has been burnt and keeping stock alive is the priority.

"Ninety-five per cent of 200,000 acres is gone, it is a black landscape," he said.

"We get used to taking some low blows throughout the year in the grazing industry but when you cop one as low as this one, it is pretty hard to get your head around.

"Cattle are dying, dingoes are just preying on baby calves that are being born now."


- ABC

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