Council says drought declaration will help farmers
BUNDABERG Regional Council has welcomed news that the Bundaberg region has been officially drought declared by the State Government, saying the announcement will help many local farmers doing it tough.
The Bundaberg local government area was one of 15 new shires listed in the latest drought declaration announced this morning by Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh.
Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said it was unfortunate that below average rainfall and dry conditions had severely impacted on crop yields and future planting opportunities for many farmers across the region.
"Like many areas of Queensland, the Bundaberg region has not been immune to drought conditions," Cr Forman said.
"We simply haven't received sufficient rain since Tropical Cyclone Oswald in January last year which has drastically impacted many local farmers.
"However, today's drought declaration means that some of the region's most needy producers will have access to emergency aid and funding from the State Government."