Farmers need more support to fight drought
IF the prediction of another El Nino weather event by the Bureau of Meteorology is accurate, we could well be facing the worst drought in Queensland since the diabolical Federation Drought.
All financial lenders need to follow the move by the NAB to refrain from charging additional interest on loans to defaulting drought-affected farmers.
Banks need to be with farmers in bad times as well as the good times.
Government must also cut red tape for drought assistance. Don't make farmers jump through unnecessary hoops to get funding.
The rest of us can support country towns with our business by visiting and spending money there, or by supporting charities which are helping people in the bush.
Everyone has a responsibility to respond to the call to rally around, as we are all part of the same Queensland community and economy.
David Muir, Indooroopilly
DROUGHT is always a problem in the Sunshine State.
The question is why?
We have had numerous governments and numerous droughts, and yet nothing has been done to mitigate the ravages of drought.
Are we building dams to store water rather than letting it flow into the sea?
Of course not, because it doesn't mean many votes.
Farmers are broke, walking off their farms or committing suicide, but do the politicians care? They mouth pious platitudes but do nothing.
The State Government will spend millions of dollars to prop up Deputy Premier Jackie Trad in South Brisbane with Cross River Rail, but what about the drought-stricken farmers?
To the Government, Trad is more important than the farmers who provide our food.
Tony Miles, Chermside
WHAT happens to the grass that is cut in parks, sports fields and our backyards?
Could the Government, councils and lawnmowing contractors do something with the grass they cut?
With the dire conditions facing our farmers out west, maybe there is scope to collect grass clippings and have them delivered to those in need.
It seems to me that it needs some organisation to
co-ordinate baling clippings and deliver them to places where they can be useful.
I hope something along the lines of my suggestion can be implemented without cost to the long-suffering people who are enduring the worst possible conditions at this time.
Neville Carnegie, Chermside
AUSTRALIA has always had drought.
Over and over again, we see images of dying livestock, and frankly, I'm sick of it.
I'm tired of the needless cruelty. Australia is a fragile land. It has never known hoofed animals.
The arrogance of post-colonial immigrants in this land has led to the degradation of our soils as they force the land to behave as if it were Europe. It is not Europe.
Stop this type of farming now. The practice is causing misery to untold numbers of creatures.
Julia Hewett, Spring Hill