BIG DRY: Bushfires have wiped out a million hectares of grazing country in the far west of Queensland.
BIG DRY: Bushfires have wiped out a million hectares of grazing country in the far west of Queensland. David Nielsen

Coastal Queensland floods while drought grips the west

WHILE the Queensland coastline grapples with more rain this week, graziers in the state's west are growing desperate as a drought begins to bite.

The regional councils of Diamantina and Bulloo shires have applied for help from the State Government with Boulia, Barcoo, Etheridge, McKinlay and Croydon shires likely to follow suit.

Beset by bushfires that wiped out a million hectares of grazing country, Etheridge Shire Mayor Will Attwood said the situation was growing dire.

No shire has been formally deemed drought-declared yet, but property owners can apply for declarations for their own land.

More information on drought assistance is available at daff.qld.gov.au



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