No change to drought status

Along with the rain can come the worry of Bureaucratic fiddling

Beef-CattleBut the good news today is that Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson says despite the downpours, she doesn’t anticipate any change to the drought status of Shires until Local Drought Committees have assessed rainfall and pasture growth in April 2017.

Queensland’s total drought declared area is now 83.9 per cent, down slightly from the record high of 86.11%.
Minister Donaldson said unseasonal rain was great to see after years of drought with much of Queensland now looking green.

“However, the supply of cattle to meatworks is likely to be further affected with the limited supply being further reduced by the wet weather,” she said.

“Unfortunately it won’t generate significant growth of the grass species that are the mainstay of the livestock industry. These grasses are mainly summer growing. All in all, this rain, combined with the good June rainfall already received, will not be enough to have any bearing on current drought declarations.” The Minister added.

Over the weekend parts of Livingstone Shire received record rain, with up to 470 mm at Byfield.

Across the Rockhampton Regional Council area there was 200 – 400mms, Central Highlands and Banana Regional Councils 100 – 150mms, Mackay Regional Council 100 – 400mms, while Bowen received 45mms and Longreach with 60mms.

Updated maps of drought declared areas and boundary descriptions can be found at www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au