Rains reduce drought worries across Qld

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 a year later.

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.

Mr Furner added that any property owner who is still experiencing difficult conditions in these areas can access drought assistance individually.

"This gives them the same access to our drought assistance as an area declaration," he said in statement.

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.