State Goverment

The State Government is a the key contact for inquiries relating to any of the following areas:

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 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: 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.

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