Weekend rain helps, but more is needed
RAIN has been welcomed in drought-hit parts of Queensland, but farmers are warning they are nowhere near out of the woods.
Rainfall has been patchy across the south but areas east of Charleville have received as much as 50mm of rain since Friday.
“Most of the rain is east of Roma, over the Darling Downs and further east,” Bureau of Meteorology’s Lachlan Stoney told AAP on Sunday.
“Areas west of Roma are quite clear at the moment and they won’t see any further rain, but they have seen that same pattern of generally 5-20mm.”
The weekend’s rainfall was more than some communities had received in years, but it was not enough to end the drought.
“There’s been some good falls but it’s definitely not drought-breaking rain,” Ross Henry of Queensland Farmers’ Federation told AAP.
“We need follow-up rain to get people on the road to recovery.”
The State Government on Sunday revealed a two-person expert panel would review its drought policy on resilience and assistance for farmers following a decision to spend $9 million on a relief package with a focus on farmers’ mental health.
But Mr Henry was critical of “reactive” moves to improve farmers’ wellbeing.
“Talking about drought in a drought is not the best way to make farmers feel like there’s something happening,” he said.