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Tough decisions for cattle stations facing drought havoc -

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MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: AM is on the road all this week as we explore some of the issues facing drought stricken towns in Western Queensland.

This morning we're broadcasting from Camden Park, just outside of Long Reach.

It's an historic cattle and sheep station that once hosted the Queen during a visit to Australia.

In a good year it carries around 2,000 head of cattle and the same number of sheep but with drought wreaking havoc, James Walker made the tough decision to de-stock the station. The only livestock on the property today are the regular busloads of tourists who come to soak up the history.

We'll hear more from James shortly but first a little from the tour with his brother Daniel.

DANIEL WALKER: Firstly, this is the worst drought that my dad has seen and that he knows of through his father as well, so. But out there can be green grass up to here. You know you're bringing your cattle into the yards and you leave a few calves behind because you can't see them. You know, the sheep are bouncing along the road.

Back in 91 there were sheep everywhere here. It was due to, you know, money being in them and also the seasons were good.

And we weren't having a very bad dog problem, which we have seen in recent years. But - are you recording there? Yeah I'll keep it politically alright.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: No, no, no go for it, go hard.


DANIEL WALKER: Sorry I just saw it out of the glimpse of my eye and I thought I'd better watch what I say.


So now we see pretty well limited sheep numbers around.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: And that's tour guide Daniel Walker.