Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

MP urges western Qld drought disaster declaration

By Kate Stephens, Friday September 20, 2013 - 10:03 EST

Mount Isa MP Rob Katter is calling on the Federal Government to declare the current drought in western Queensland a natural disaster.

More than 60 per cent of the state has been drought declared, with some graziers saying they have not seen rain for more than 18 months.

Mr Katter says the northern cattle industry is struggling.

He says the State Government's $11.2 million Drought Relief Assistance Scheme is not enough.

"The impacts it's going to have, not only on just the small towns that are out here but the whole of Queensland, because it is in trouble and people need to realise how much trouble it's in," he said.

"That level of assistance at the moment is a pittance and falls hopelessly short of being a solution to their problems."

Mr Katter says the financial stresses are also flowing to small businesses in rural towns.

"It needs to be acknowledged as an extraordinary event that is a big problem for the Government," he said.

"It's a big problem for the people of Queensland because this is a big industry and they need to give it some strong attention.

"I'm sorry but you can throw all the rhetoric at it that you want at it from the Government, but the $11.2 million package falls hopelessly short of that."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Snow season high becoming a low point

16:18 EST

The 2016 snow season has reached a new peak depth this week according to measurements taken today.

Late winter soaking causes flooding

16:13 EST

Rain gauges as far north as the Gulf of Carpentaria and south to Ulladulla have received decent rainfall in the last 24 hours, some of which caused dangerous flooding.

NSW weather: Bystanders 'watched helplessly' as 72yo man swept away by floodwaters

12:58 EST

A friend of a man feared drowned in floodwaters near Kyogle has told of "helplessly watching" the 72-year-old as he clung to a tree before being swept downstream.