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Outback shire puts case for drought declarations

By Kate Stephens, Thursday April 4, 2013 - 13:26 EDT

Some western Queensland landholders are being asked to submit recent rainfall data to their local council in order to aid their applications for drought declarations.

The Flinders Shire is one of several in western Queensland putting together drought declaration applications for the State Government.

Deputy Mayor Ninian Stewart Moore says rainfall information will help the local drought committee make a case to the Government.

"[The] majority of properties in the shire are probably feeling the pinch quite considerably," he said.

"There's been virtually no run-off, so anyone relying on dams for water are starting to get to the end of their water supplies and generally grass hasn't grown much at all this summer.

"There's quite a mass exodus of cattle happening out of the area at the moment.

Landholders are already able to apply for individual property drought declarations for help like freight subsidies, but he says there would still be a benefit in a shire-wide declaration.

"It's not a great concern if the individual drought properties declaration system is in place and people can source any assistance that is available by just putting in their own application," he said.

"It just makes the administration a lot easier if you're getting a large percentage of properties in an area applying for assistance that they just declare it on a shire-by-shire basis."


© ABC 2013

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