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T he F e d e ra l M in ister for P rim a ry In d u s trie s a n d E n e rg y , Jo h n A n d e rso n , to d a y re in s ta te d D ro u g h t E xceptional C irc u m sta n c e s (DEC) d e c la ra tio n s in th e S o u th B u rn e tt re g io n o f Q u e e n s la n d .

DEC h a s b e e n re in s ta te d in th e sh ire s o f C ro w s N e st, Esk, K ilk iv an , K in g a ro y , M u rg o n , N a n a n g o , R osalie, W o n d a i a n d th e p o rtio n o f W a m b o S hire n o r th e a st of th e W arreg o H ig h w a y .

M r A n d e rs o n s a id elig ib le fa rm e rs in th e S o u th B u rn e tt re g io n w o u ld h a v e c o n tin u in g access to D ro u g h t R elief P a y m e n t (D RP), w h ile th e y w o u ld also b e able to a p p ly for in te re st su b sid ie s of u p to 100% u n d e r th e

e x c e p tio n a l c irc u m sta n c e s p ro v is io n s o f th e R u ra l A d ju s tm e n t S chem e.

H e s a id th e p a ck a g e w a s w o rth a n e stim a te d $22 m illio n to S o u th B u rn e tt fa rm e rs .

"T h e R u ra l A d ju s tm e n t Schem e A d v is o ry C o u n c il (RA SA C) a d v is e d m e to re in s ta te th e S o u th B u rn e tt re g io n in D EC b e c a u se of th e fa ilu re o f th e

re c o v ery a n tic ip a te d at th e tim e DEC w a s in itially re v o k e d ," h e sa id .

"I in sp e c te d th e re g io n e arlier th is m o n th a n d it w a s v e ry o b v io u s th a t

c o n d itio n s h a d d e te rio ra te d su b sta n tia lly since D EC w a s re v o k e d la st y e a r a n d are a t least as b a d as th e y w e re a t th e h e ig h t o f th e d ro u g h t in 1994.

T he M in iste r also a n n o u n c e d a fu rth e r e x te n sio n o f in c o m e s u p p o r t to fa rm fam ilies in a re as w h e re th e 1 2 -m o n th d ro u g h t re c o v ery p e rio d e n d e d in Ju n e.

"E ligible farm fam ilies in th ese areas, w h ic h c o v er a larg e p a r t of Q u e e n s la n d a n d N e w S o u th W ales, w ill c o n tin u e to h a v e access to D R P u n til fu rth e r notice," M r A n d e rso n said .

H e sa id th a t the G o v e rn m e n t w o u ld s h o rtly a n n o u n c e d e ta ils o f n e w

s u p p o rt a rra n g e m e n ts for n e e d y fa rm fam ilies e x p e rie n c in g fin a n c ial h a rd s h ip as p a rt of its in te g ra te d ru ra l p o licy p ack ag e.

Minister for Primary Industries and Energy

S O U T H B U R N E TT R E G IO N R E IN S T A T E D T O D R O U G H T EX C EPTIO N A L C IR C U M ST A N C E S - R EC O V ER Y A S S IS T A N C E EX TEN D ED IN O T H E R A R EA S

D PIE 97/114A 2 9 th A u g u s t, 1997.

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 Tel: (06) 277 7520 Fax: (06) 273 4120

"T h e D R P ex ten sio n for fa rm fam ilies in d ro u g h t re c o v ery a re a s w ill e n s u re th e y are able to m a k e a sm o o th tra n s itio n fro m D R P to th e n e w

a rra n g e m e n ts ."

H e s a id h e w a s still to receive a re p o rt fro m RA SA C o n th e Q u e e n s la n d

G o v e rn m e n t's a p p lic a tio n for th e re in s ta te m e n t o f D EC in M u n d u b b e ra S h ire .

" I a sk e d RASAC to g ive to p p rio rity to th e S o u th B u rn e tt a p p lic a tio n b e c a u se M u n d u b b e ra Shire w a s o n ly re v o k e d in Ju ly a n d a ssistan c e to fa rm e rs in th e re g io n is n o t a b o u t to e n d ."

H e sa id h e e x p ec te d to receiv e th e re p o rt in th e n e a r fu tu re .

M r A n d e rso n s a id h e w a s d e e p ly c o n c e rn e d a b o u t th e El N in o e v e n t w h ic h is likely to affect m u c h of e a s te rn A u stra lia in th e c o m in g m o n th s.

" I w ill c o n tin u e to m o n ito r th e s itu a tio n to e n s u re a re as s u ffe rin g fro m

e x c e p tio n a l d ro u g h t c o n tin u e to receiv e a d e q u a te G o v e rn m e n t s u p p o rt.

M r A n d e rso n sa id D ro u g h t R elief P a y m e n t w o u ld h e lp elig ib le fa rm fam ilies in DEC a n d DEC reco v ery a re a s m e e t d a y -to -d a y liv in g ex p en ses.

" In a d d itio n , sp ecial a sse ssm e n t for AU STU D Y e lig ib ility b y e x c lu d in g o n -fa rm assets fro m th e a ssets te st w ill c o n tin u e , as w ill sp ecial access to H e a lth c a re C a rd s a n d F am ily P a y m e n ts.

"F a rm e rs in DEC areas are also able to a p p ly for in te re st su b sid ie s o f u p to 100% for carry -o n finance, d e b t re s tru c tu rin g a n d p ro d u c tiv ity im p r o v e m e n t."

M e d ia C ontact: R obert H a y n es 06 2777520/0419 493 511

A R EA S W H ER E D EC W AS R EV O K ED O N 11 JU N E 1996 RECO V ERY P E R IO D EXTENDED U N TIL FU R TH ER N O T IC E

N S W

R L PB s A rm id a le , C arco a r, C asino, C o onam ble, C o o n a b a ra b ra n , D e n m an -S in g le to n , G len Innes, G lo u cester, G ra fto n , In v e re ll, K em p sey , M oree, N a rra b ri, Scone, T e n te rfie ld , T a m w o rth , W alg e tt W a ria ld a

Q u e e n s la n d

S h ir e s : A lb e rt, A llo ra, A th e rto n , A u ru k u n , B alonne, B ea u d e se rt, B en d e m e re , B ig g en d en , B oonah, B ooringa, B risb an e C ity , B u n d a b e rg , B ungil, B u rd e k in , B urke, C a b o o ltu re , C airn s, C a lo u n d ra , C am booya, C ardw ell, C a rp e n ta ria , C h in ch illa, C lifton, C ook, D o u g las, E acham , G a tto n , G a y n d a h , G len g allan , G old C oast, G o o b u rru m , G y m p ie , H e rv e y Bay, H in c h in b ro o k , In g lew o o d , Ip sw ich C ity , Isis, Jo h n sto n e , Jo n d a ry a n , K ilcoy, K olan, Laidley, L o g an , M ackay, M areeba, M aroochy, M ary b o ro u g h , M illm e rra n , M ira n i, M o re to n , M o rn in g to n , M u lg rav e, M u rilla , N o o sa , P e rry , P in e R ivers, P io n eer, P ittsw o rth , R edcliffe C ity, R e d la n d , R o sen th al, S arina, S ta n th o rp e, T ara, T a ro o m , T h u rin g o w a , T iaro, T o o w o o m b a C ity, T orres, T o w n sv ille , W ag g a m b a , W am b o (p o rtio n s o u th w e st of th e W a rre g o H ig h w a y ), W aro o , W arw ick, W h itsu n d a y , W idgee, W o o co o , W o o n g a rra

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O ld E G A s: W im m era, A ra ra t (n o rth e rn p art)

S o u th A u s tra lia

E G A s: U n in c o rp o ra te d W est, C ed u n a , S treaky Bay, Le H u n te , E llisto n

H u n d r e d s : K iana, U lipa & W arro w in w e st of L ow er E yre P e n in s u la

T a s m a n ia

O ld E G A s: C am p b ell T ow n, Fingal, G lam organ, O atlan d s, R oss, R ic h m o n d , Sorell, S p rin g Bay

A R EA S W H ERE D E C W A S R E V O K E D O N 31 D EC EM B ER 1996 RECOVERY P E R IO D E N D IN G 30 D ECEM BER 1997

N S W

T he R u ra l L an d s P ro tec tio n B oards of H a y (D ivisions A, C, a n d D), H ills to n (areas e a s t o f "R ed T ank", "T rida" a n d "W healbah" R oads), B re w a rrin a , B alran ald (s o u th of E u sto n R oad), D u b b o , B a th u rst (D ivisions A a n d C, P a rt D iv isio n B a n d P a rt D iv ision D), M u d g ee, M o lo n g (D ivisions A a n d B), M erriw a a n d N y n g a n (D ivisions B, C a n d D). __________________________________________________

Q u e e n s la n d

T he S h ires o f D ia m a n tin a a n d B arcoo.

D R O U G H T EX CEPTIO N A L C IR C U M ST A N C E S AREAS R EV O K ED 7 JULY 1997

Q u e e n s la n d

T h e S hires o f A ra m a c , B arcald in e, B au h in ia, B lackall, B oulia, B ow en, B ulloo, C h a rte rs T o w ers, C lo n c u rry , C ro y d o n , D alry m p le, D u a rin g a , E th e rid g e , F lin d ers, H e rb e rto n , Ilfracom be, Isisford, Jericho, L o n g reach , M cK inlay, M iria m V ale, M o u n t Isa , M u n d u b b e ra , M u rw e h , P a ro o , Q u ilp ie , R ic h m o n d , T a m b o a n d W in to n .______________________________

N S W

T h e R u ral L a n d s P ro te c tio n B o ard s o f B ourke, M ilp a rin k a , N y n g a n (D iv isio n A ), W a n a a rin g , a n d W ilcan n ia (N o rth o f th e B arrier H ig h w a y a n d n o rth o f th a t p o rtio n of th e D a rlin g R iver e a st of

W ilc a n n ia .

D R O U G H T EX C EPTIO N A L C IR C U M ST A N C E S A REA S A S A T 28 A U G U S T 1997

Q u e e n s la n d

T he S hires o f B anana, B elyando, B ro a d so u n d , C alliope, C ro w s N e st, E id sv o ld , E m era ld , Esk, F itzro y , K ilkivan, K ingaroy, L iv in g sto n e, M o n to , M o u n t M o rg a n , M u rg o n , N a n a n g o , N ebo, Peak D o w n s, R o c k h a m p to n C ity , R osalie, W o n d a i an d W am b o (p o rtio n n o rth e a s t o f

th e W arreg o H ig h w a y )._________________________________________________

N S W

T he R u ral L a n d s P ro te c tio n B oards of B alran ald (n o rth of E u sto n R oad) C o b a r, H a y (D iv isio n B), H illsto n (areas w e st o f "Red T ank", "Trida" a n d "W healbah" R o ad s), a n d W ilcan n ia (so u th o f th e B arrier H ig h w a y

a n d th a t p o rtio n o f th e D a rlin g R iv er east o f W ilcannia).