ABC Rural 14 May 2015
It is official – this drought is Queensland’s most widespread on record, with almost 80 per cent of the state now drought-declared.
About half of the newly declared shires are in the Wide Bay Burnett region, which was flooded 14 months ago, setting a new precedent in drought evaluations.
Farmers have been affected by a 3 year drought in Western and Outback Queensland, stock are dying from lack of feed, feed can not be grown without water, rural communities are suffering, visitors are not going to the region so tourism is also being affected, wild life are suffering and dying. This can be changed with a pipeline bringing rainwater down from Innisfail/Tully region instead of it going into the ocean. Families are falling apart due to stress and financial problems and having to be separated. It has been done in other states such as South Australia so lets get it done in Queensland, 3 pumping stations and water goes where it is needed, lets change this and get some help for the Queensland farmers and fix the drought. Please sign to make a difference and support our farmers.
This petition started 1st June 2015 by Meg Davies Yeppoon, Australia
Author: Sandy Paton Committee Member for the Regional Development Australia Fitzroy and Central West
In Anti-Poverty Week 2014, this short report aims to provide a brief snapshot of the impact of this “hidden
poverty” being experienced by many people in the Regional Development Australia Fitzroy and Central West
area. (RDAFCW) Information provided draws on local anecdotal and empirical evidence from people living with
drought, support workers and the broader communities; government, industry and media reports and existing
research on the impact of drought.
The Chronicle 21 May 2015
ALMOST two thirds of Queensland’s farmers have told their industry group the drought gripping the state is the worst in living memory.
About 50% of survey respondents lost up to half their gross annual income and 17% reported an income reduction greater than three-quarters.
About 85% reported running less than three-quarters of their long-term stock carrying capacity with one in five carrying less than a quarter.
One in seven has less than 10% of their potential surface water supply.
DROUGHT-STRICKEN OUTBACK QUEENSLAND NEEDS HELP
Caravan World 28 May 2015
Coastal Queenslanders, and other travellers, urged to visit drought-affected areas of western Queensland.
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has unveiled a new tourism campaign aimed to entice coastal Queenslanders to help boost tourism in drought-stricken western Queensland