Drought-hit farmers to get aid in rescue package
MILLIONS of dollars in aid will be delivered to Queensland's most drought-affected farmers after the State Government announced a rescue package.
The $11.2 million deal is a mix of new and existing funding, for 13 council areas covering one-third of the state.
Drought-hit farmers will be refunded any increase to land rents up to 20% for the coming financial year.
Premier Campbell Newman said new government costs should not burden farmers while they are struggling through a drought.
Discounts worth $100,000 will apply so livestock producers in Mitchell, Roma, Clermont and Emerald can shift their animals by road.
Subsidies for fodder and emergency water, mental health support workshops and mobile government teams will also be dispatched.
Agriculture Minister John McVeigh said if the drought worsened, more help might be given.
Those beyond the drought-declared areas but still affected by the cripplingly dry conditions can ask for help by contacting the state Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Full detail on the drought rescue scheme is available at http://www.daff.qld.gov.au