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More Than Half of Queensland now Drought-Free

More Than Half of Queensland now Drought-Free


More Than Half of Queensland now Drought-Free

Article by: Hari Yellina

Given the considerable and continuous wet season, it comes as no surprise that approximately half of Queensland is still in drought. After a good wet season in some regions, State Agriculture Minister Mark Furner told parliament today that Local Drought Committees had recommended the drought annulment of another six shires and one part-shire. The drought status of the Balonne, Murweh, Western Downs, Maranoa, and Quilpie shires in south-west Queensland, as well as the North Burnett and part of the Flinders County, has been revoked. This reduces the drought-affected area in Queensland from 61.1 percent to 44.9 percent. It comes after nearly a decade of drought that has damaged more than half of the state’s area.

Landholders in the north-west Flinders Shire, like Hughenden grazier Brendan McNamara, were worried about another unsuccessful wet season until recent rains offered comfort. Mr McNamara stated that his county would still require additional rain to remain productive. He replied, “I believe it will depend on what occurs in November and March next year.” “If we don’t have a good season next year, the drought will return, causing concern among the public. That is certain.” Several shires, including Barcoo, Blackall-Tambo, Boulia, Winton, Richmond, and Diamantina, have been certified drought-free since 2013. Mr Furner explained that the state government’s drought support policies meant primary farmers didn’t have to wait for drought announcements to get help.

How to Prepare for Floods

  • Obtain a copy of your local council’s flood plan, which should show the location of problem areas, evacuation routes and relief centres.
  • Work out what the safest route to leave your property would be, and if you could be cut off by floodwaters.
  • Sandbags can help to protect your home when used correctly. The SES or your local council is the best place to start.
  • Know the kind of flooding your area is prone to. You might get advance warning if a river is rising, however flash flooding after heavy rainfall can happen within hours or minutes when runoff or drainage can’t disperse the water.