MP calls on Govt to re­act

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

AL­THOUGH rain is the only real thing that will of­fer re­lief to Gran­ite Belt farm­ers strug­gling with the drought, there is hope some of the $34.6 mil­lion in Queens­land State Bud­get fund­ing this week will be al­lo­cated to cov­er­ing fod­der freight costs.

Mem­ber for South­ern Downs James Lis­ter said sub­si­dis­ing freight­ing in feed and freight­ing out stock was a good place to start.

He would also like to see low-in­ter­est loans made avail­able and di­rect sup­port for lo­cal busi­nesses.

“It’s not just the farm­ers that hurt. If they stop pro­duc­ing be­cause of the drought they’re not spend­ing in the lo­cal busi­nesses, they’re not spend­ing on ma­chin­ery,” he said.

Mr Lis­ter said he was hope­ful the gov­ern­ment would recog­nise pro­duc­ers in the re­gion are badly af­fected.

“There’s plenty of farm­ers there that have a shed full of fod­der crops that they can’t plant,” he said.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Mark Furner said much of the state re­mained in desperate need of help and the Gov­ern­ment would con­tinue ex­ist­ing drought re­lief ar­range­ments.

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