​​​​​​​​Drought Declaration​​​

The Lockyer Valley was drought declared by Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Mark Furner​ in May 2018. 

If a property has been individually drought declared or is within a drought declared area, the property owner can apply for Queensland Government drought assistance, including the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS). DRAS provides subsidies on the transport of fodder and water for livestock during drought and returning from agistment​​ and restocking in the recovery period, as well as the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate to assist primary producers provide urgently needed water for animal welfare needs.

Further information on drought assistance can be obtained through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website www.daf.qld.gov.au or by calling the Business Information Centre on 13 25 23.

For information on the impact and management of drought on agricultural production refer to the drought information page available from the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.​ ​

Livestock Farming ​Droug​ht Support Forum and Action Plan

Council hosted a Livestock Farming Drought Support Forum on Sunday 22 September to hear directly from local livestock owners about the current and likely impacts of the drought and to work collaboratively on developing an action plan for mitigation. a 39-point Action Plan has been developed from the recommended actions raised by those who attended the forum and was endorsed by Council in November 2019 following community review. 

Different components of the Action Plan will be the responsibility of different levels of government, non-government agencies, community groups and local landholders to implement. Council will report quarterly on progress made against the Plan.  

​10 Minutes with a Master

These discrete, one-on-one appointments will connect primary producers with valuable support services. To find out more please contact Council's Community Development Team on 1300 005 872 or email us

​Available Support

Farming families within drought declared areas are encouraged to apply for a range of assistance from agencies including:  

Types of support may include: 

  • Financial assistance towards household expenses
  • Rural Financial Counselling ​ ​​
  • Donated goods 
  • Government loans
  • Counselling and wellbeing support​
  • Volunteer assistance on farms​
  • ​Donations
Lockyer Valley Regional Council recognises the extent of the drought across more than 50% of Queensland and across much of eastern Australia. Many areas in inland parts are facing tougher conditions than the Lockyer Valley and Council encourages the support of all farmers, businesses and families in need. 

Council recognises that conditions in the Lockyer Valley are worsening each week as we wait for rain, and asks that community members consider making donations to appeals where funds can be designated to the Lockyer Valley. 

Shop Local to support our drought-affected community

While farmers face the most direct impacts of drought, there are flow on effects to their employees, the businesses that supply to farms and the local shops where famers and their employees shop. The whole community can be impacted by the drought and Council encourages local community members to be mindful of this and to do their part by shopping local. ​
Page reviewed: 11 Dec 2019 6:28pm