Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Minister to meet Gulf graziers on drought help

Tuesday October 1, 2013 - 08:44 EST

Queensland Agriculture Minister John McVeigh says drought-affected graziers in the Gulf country could receive extra financial assistance.

Beef producers in the region have been hit hard in recent months by drought and bush fires.

Mr McVeigh is meeting with graziers in Georgetown, west of Ingham this afternoon.

In May the State Government announced an $11.2 million drought relief assistance scheme for affected property owners.

Mr McVeigh says more help could be on the way.

"The Premier and I said we'd look at more assistance if we needed to so that's part of my research while I'm here," Mr McVeigh said.

The Minister will also inspect properties where irrigation trials are underway as part of an effort to transform northern Australia into a food bowl.

He says the prolonged dry has been exacerbated by live export problems and a Bovine Johnes disease outbreak.

He says drought assistance money is flowing but wants to hear if more help is needed.

"I haven't had any specific requests yet but I am certainly on the lookout for what we need to do to support our graziers," Mr McVeigh said.

"I am in close consultation with the new federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce - I need to work closely with him as well."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

More than 90% of Australia to get rain

14:32 EST

This Mother's Day weekend will see Mother Nature spread totals of at least 20mm to half of Australia, along with some damaging winds.

El Nino ushers in Queensland's quietest cyclone season for 45 years

12:21 EST

Three named cyclones, none of which came within cooee of the coast ?? that's how will be remembered.