The State Government is a the key contact for inquiries relating to any of the following areas:
- Property, titles and valuations
- National parks, recreation, sport and racing
- Climate Change
- Environmental management
- Wildlife and ecosystems
- Indigenous interests
- Vegetation management
- Land management
- Coastal zone
- Heritage conservation
- Mapping and surveying
- Science and research
For contacts in the local community search our local Central Highlands Business Directory to find the services you need for the rural sector.
The current situation
More than 86 percent of Queensland is currently drought declared, including the Central Highlands.
This is the largest area ever officially recognised as being in drought in the State.
A map of drought declared areas can be found here.
Where to get help
- The farmerdisastersupport.org.au website provides information on localised support during natural disasters and drought. Simply enter your postcode and industry.
- The Federal Government announced a new drought relief package in May 2015. More information can be found here.
- The State Government also offers assistance to primary producers affected by drought. More information can be found here.
- CentacareCQ provides mental health and family support programs, and also has a specialist drought support program.
- AnglicareCQ provides free mental health services, services for youth, and programs for Indigenous children and families. It also provides affordable housing through the National Rental Affordability Scheme, community housing, and crisis housing for people who find themselves in need of a place to stay. While you’re in crisis housing, you’ll work with a support worker to address the issues making it hard for you to find a place, and to get you into a suitable long-term home.
- Legal Aid’s Farm and Rural Legal Service provides advice and assistance to Queensland rural producers who face financial hardship which relates to their business of primary production.
- The Rural Financial Counselling Service – Central Southern Queensland provides free support to primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses who are suffering financial hardship, and who have no alternative sources of impartial assistance, to manage the challenges of change and adjustment. Contact Emerald Rural Financial Counsellor Emma Cook E: firstname.lastname@example.org or T: (07) 4987 6886.
- The Emerald Neighbourhood Centre provides crisis counselling and emergency relief, as well as a wide range of services to support the community.
- The Emerald Salvation Army also provides emergency relief.
- UnitingCare provides crisis support and counselling in Emerald.
- The Emerald Hospital also provides mental health services, among other things.
- For families with children who need support, BushKids provides specialist counselling for children, as well as services like speech pathology and occupational therapy.
- Western Bush Bible
- Changes to vegetation management laws
- Mapping and data
- Queensland Agriculture Strategy 2040 Vision
- Pre feasibility study of the commercial viability of a Central Queensland Multi-crop Oilseed processing facility and its impact on grower returns
- Agricultural Skills and Labour Report Central Highlands, QLD
- Climate Change: Rural Australia
- Initiatives Promoting Agricultural Careers in CQ
- Recruitment and Training Strategies for Agricultural and Pastoral Industries
- Regional Employer Alliance Project: Case Study -2PH Farms
- Tips for Landholders – Re: Negotiations with Resources Sector