Drop in parts of Qld affected by drought

Laura Polson

Summer rain has given relief to parched regions of Queensland, with a more than 30 per cent drop in drought declared areas in one year, but concerns remain for more than half the state.

Agriculture Minister Mark Furner has confirmed drought-declared areas in the Sunshine State dropped from 88 per cent in March 2017 to 57 per cent.

Eight local government areas and three part-shires in parts of north Queensland, the North Burnett and southeast Queensland are no longer classified as drought-affected.

But Mr Furner says significant concerns over stock, irrigation and rural domestic water supplies in the Southern Downs and Lockyer regional council areas remain, with both now drought-declared.