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North Burnett Mayor urges drought declaration

By Alyse Edwards, Wednesday October 16, 2013 - 14:22 EDT

North Burnett Mayor Don Waugh says he wants the region to be added to Queensland's growing list of drought declared shires.

About 60 per cent of the state is now drought declared, including more than 17 local government areas.

Councillor Waugh says drought declaration would help the region's struggling farmers.

"The amount of rain we had in one go, it was fine, so much so that, fell in the section from Monto through to Mount Perry down to Gayndah, that we haven't had any rain at all since then and it's been totally drought conditions virtually," he said.

"Then at the end of winter we had a massive frost that burnt off any green grass that was still here.

"It's left farmers with very little feed left in their paddocks for cattle."

Cr Waugh says the Government will not consider the North Burnett for drought status because of January's floods.

"I don't think there's one part of the North Burnett that isn't dry, that isn't virtually in drought conditions, and because of the amount of rain we had in January, and because there's still moisture in the ground, we aren't eligible to apply as a region, but eligible farmers can apply and we're encouraging them to make an application themselves directly to the department," he said.


© ABC 2013

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