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Declaration of drought areas



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PRESS

S AT EME NT ^ k MINIS ER FOR S

PRIMARY I NDUSTRY

DECLARATION OF DROUGHT AREAS

The Minister for Primary Industry, Mr. .Anthony, arnnovnced

today that he had declared further drought areas in Queensland, Western

Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The declarations are for the purpose of redeeming Drought

Bonds and the official notices of declaration appeared in the

Commonwealth Gazette on 15 January, 1970.

Mr. Anthony said that the declarations cover two Shires

in south-west Queensland, 10 Shires in southern and central. Western

Australia, a-large portion of the north-east of South Australia and

an area of the Barkly Tableland District of the Northern Territory.

He said: "Graziers deriving at least 90% of their gross

farm income from sheep or beef cattle may claim an income tax

deduction for subscriptions to Drought Bonds.

"Bonds may be redeemed where the area in which the bond-holder's property is situated is declared a drought area by the

Minister for Primary Industry. Redemption of Bonds will also be

allowed for a period of 12 months after a drought declaration is

revoked.

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"The proceeds from redemption of Drought Bonds will be

included in the taxpayer's assessable income in the year in which the

Bonds become redeemable."

Mr. .Anthony said graziers wishing to have further infor-mation on the operation of the Drought Bonds Scheme may obtain an

explanatory booklet from any Post Office.

Canberra.

15 January, 1970.

DECLARATION

OF DROUGHT AREAS

A list of the drought areas published in the Commonwealth

Gazette on 15 January is given below -

I . Queensland

The area comprising the Shires of Bulloo and

Quilpie.

2. Western Australia

The area comprising the Shires of Gingin, Toodyay,

Victoria Plains, the area comprising the Shires of

Meekatharra, Sandstone, Tableland, Upper Gascoyne,

Yalgoo, the area comprising the Shire of Boulder and

the area compris ing the Shire of `Toodanilling.

3. South Australia

The area comprising Pastoral Leases

Nos. 1668 2386 2400 2421

2066 2387 2403 2422

2135 2389 2404 2425

21 43 2390 2405 2437

2181 2391 2406 2438

2185 2394 2407 2445

2186 2395 2412 2447

2188 2397 2413 2449

2385 2399 2414 2452

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4. Northern Territory

The area comprising Pastoral Lease No. 624.