- Last updated:
- 20 Dec 2019
The Sunshine Coast Council area has been drought declared. The Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner announced this on 10 December 2019. His announcement added a further eight areas including this region.
As at 18 December, drought declarations were in place across 67.4 per cent of the land area of Queensland.
The additional drought declarations are effective from 1 December 2019. They are based on
- the significant lack of rain
- depleted pasture reserves
- escalating concerns about agricultural water supply.
It is understood that the declaration will give farming families, farm businesses and farm communities affected by drought access to a range of drought relief programs including:
- freight subsidies for the transport of fodder, water and livestock
- the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate.
The rebate offers concessions for:
- installation of water infrastructure
- desilting dams
- drilling new bores.
Low-interest sustainability loans of up to $1.3 million are also available.
The Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website provides a single point of contact for drought assistance programs.
Some agribusinesses are facing challenging times with the drought. Council has added drought funding information to our Funding Finder portal.
Council has also partnered with industry leaders to provide small business owners and their staff with wellbeing information.
Check your water supply
It is important to note that council is not responsible for water supply. Unitywater our region’s water supplier. They along with council are encouraging residents reliant on tank water to be prepared. Preparations include checking the water level and making early arrangements to top up their tank if necessary. Due to increased demand there will most likely be delays in accessing water delivery services.