A south-west Queensland mayor says current drought assistance measures do not go far enough.
Thirty shires across Queensland are now drought-declared and some in the south-west received their first major rain in months last week.
Paroo Mayor Lindsay Godfrey says it was not enough to break drought conditions and people are more despondent than ever.
"But really compared to where we were in the millennium drought, the big issues like Exceptional Circumstances and Centrelink support for families that are absolutely getting into a desperate situation, that's all not there," he said.
He says the Federal Government's Farm Finance scheme is not helping many producers.
"The amount was fully subscribed, it was hard to get into it and you were really getting financed at four and a half [per cent] or something like that interest, which when you take into account the transaction costs of doing all that added onto the four-and-a-half per cent it wasn't all that attractive to someone who was in a desperate position," he said.
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17:43 EDT The Federal Agriculture Minister says he's working hard to finalise arrangements for the new concessional loan scheme.