There will be no relief for drought-ravaged regions over the summer, with Bureau of Meteorology officials telling a meeting of state and federal ministers there would be no significant rain until at least April.
The ministers gathered in Moree, in NSW’s northwest, to discuss the best strategies to combat the enduring drought.
Federal Drought and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud vowed to work with drought co-ordinator-general Shane Stone by February to cut bureaucratic red tape so desperate farmers did not have to make separate state and federal applications for assistance.
Mr Littleproud said he was hopeful states would do more to assist farmers after South Australia announced on Tuesday that it would give rebates on council rates and pastoral leases for drought-affected farmers.
“NSW, Queensland and Victoria are looking very lean for rain and below-average rainfall through summer and heading into next winter,” NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said of the BoM briefing. “The outlook is nothing for NSW anywhere near drought-breaking until April-May next year.”
Just don't mention climate change. That's a dead cert.
Hey #Sydney! You're looking mighty fine under that #rain this morning! Best fall overnight in the metro 18mm at #Penrith. Today the chance of a #thunderstorm in the Sydney basin, mainly this afternoon and evening, with possible heavy rain. Latest forecast: https://t.co/6WjMBCQ4e1 pic.twitter.com/QYYsOYeBQe— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) January 15, 2020