Drought conditions have placed pressure on farmers throughout the Gympie region, and some Mary Valley producers could be thrown a lifeline.
Drought conditions have placed pressure on farmers throughout the Gympie region, and some Mary Valley producers could be thrown a lifeline. Contributed

Drought help for Mary Valley

DROUGHT-affected farmers in the Mary Valley have been thrown a small lifeline by the State Government.

Member for Gympie David Gibson said yesterday he had negotiated with his government "to support the concept of agisting under-utilised but already leased grazing land in the government's Mary Valley portfolio".

"A number of farmers in and around the Mary Valley region have contacted me about their concerns about the current drought-like conditions and the impact it is having on reducing available feed for their livestock," Mr Gibson said.

"I have taken the matter directly to the Deputy Premier's Department and I have been able to secure the government's support for local farmers.

"The government recognises the seriousness of my concerns and wants affected farmers seeking assistance to know that it is opening the door to discuss opportunities that exist," he said.

"The Government is willing to work with its existing long-term lessees to consider if they would agree to permit short term agistment licences on the land they currently lease.

"Obviously any such proposals will need to be dealt with on a case by case basis and meet the terms set out by the Co-ordinator General.

"If local lessees are willing to help out drought-affected farmers then the Government will not stand in the way of these types of practical measures being taken to assist farmers in the Mary Valley.

"I would encourage either drought-affected farmers or local lessees who are willing to help to contact my office and we can arrange further details."