Let It Fall

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Parts of drought-affected western and south-west Queensland have received more rain in the past two days than in all of 2015 As the ABC reports Windorah, in the Channel Country, has had the most rain, with 149 millimetres falling over the weekend. Gay Tully, from Tenham station east of Windorah, recorded 73mm. “We were very fortunate we ended up with 73mm of rain, which was absolutely wonderful,” she said. “It is probably the best new year present we could get.” But Ms Tully said there would need to be follow-up rain. “It should grow quite a bit of feed because…

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Queensland Government Rural Debt & Drought Taskforce Meeting Dates

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Regional meetings The meetings will begin with an open session for participants to interact with the taskforce. A closed session will follow where people can talk about their submissions or other matters in private with members of the taskforce. To arrange a private discussion, please contact the Secretariat on 07 3224 6415 or email ruraldebtsecretariat@daf.qld.gov.au. Confirmed Dates: Wednesday 9 December 2015 Normanton, 2.00-5.00 pm, Normanton Town Hall Thursday 10 December 2015 Hughenden, 8.30 am – 12.00 pm, Diggers Entertainment Centre Winton, 2.00 – 5.00 pm, the Neighbourhood Centre Tuesday 15 December Barcaldine, 11.00 am -2.00 pm, Barcaldine Town Hall Wednesday…

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A glimmer of hope needed at Barcaldine

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Getting some much-needed rain on his cattle property, Bim Struss gets emotional thinking of his friends who missed out. After last week’s patchy showers, which delivered some record-breaking falls around Barcaldine, the AgForce cattle president is hoping the follow-up rain predicted for today will do some good. He said while it was hard to talk about the difficult conditions, it was important for people to watch out for each other. “Friends of ours are just desperate for rain, we’re bringing their cattle here to help them out,” he said. “It’s hard… it’s not because of their incapacity to manage drought,…

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Drought loans to be available ‘within the week’

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The Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford hopes that the Victorian government will re-open drought assistance loans within a week. Applications for the low-interest loans closed at the end of the last financial year and the state and federal governments have been unable to reach an agreement to open the loans up for new applications since. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-14/vic-drought-funding-week/6853868    

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