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Western Downs primary producers options to seek drought declaration

5 July 2018

Those Western Downs producers doing it tough in the prevailing dry conditions can still take advantage of the Queensland Government’s Individually Droughted Property (IDP) declaration.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said despite the region losing its drought declaration status some primary producers across the Western Downs are still feeling the pressure.

“We’ve had some welcome rain in some areas over the last few weeks, but with a region the size of Switzerland it’s definitely not enough to ease the current pastoral conditions across the Western Downs,” he said.

“Agriculture is the backbone of our region so it’s always tough to see our landholders and their businesses effected by the lack of rainfall.”

Mayor McVeigh said landholders concerned about their current land conditions can apply for assistance through the State Government.

“Changing our region’s drought declaration status has a lot to do with how many individually declared properties we have in the area,” he said.

“We encourage our rural landholders and primary producers to apply for the Queensland Government’s Individually Droughted Property declaration.

“Water is a precious resource in our region so any assistance our landholders can access is a real benefit.”

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