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Deb urges Gympie properties to apply for individual drought declarations

3rd October 2019

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington is urging primary producers in the western Gympie region to apply for individual droughted property declarations as the dry spell continues to grip the region.

Mrs Frecklington said individual droughted property declarations (IDP’s) offered property owners the same level of support as other drought declared regions across Queensland.

“I would really encourage property owners in the Gympie region to apply for an IDP if they believe their land is drought affected,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“We have a situation in the western Gympie region where the North Burnett and South Burnett are both drought declared, yet we have people living between these two areas who are experiencing the same conditions, yet can’t access any drought assistance.

“As more IDP’s are lodged, it will help build the case for a partial shire drought declaration in the western Gympie region.

“I really urge property owners to fill out an IDP declaration application form so the Qld Department of Agriculture can assess their situation and hopefully provide access to drought assistance.

Guidelines and application forms can be accessed at the Qld Department of Agriculture website - https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/agriculture/disaster-recovery/drought/assistance-programs/guidelines-forms/individually-droughted-property