Cattlemen ask: Where's our drought aid?


The NT Cattlemen’s Association wants a drought working group to refine priorities for the Northern Territory, according to the organisation’s CEO, Ashley Manicaros.
“To date little or no drought funding has made its way to the Territory and given the programs being made available it is time for the NT Government to establish one,” he says in a media release today.
“Discussions have been held with NT Primary Industry Minister Paul Kirby. Members should include key stakeholder industries and departments.”


  1. If there isn’t any water, what good will drought aid do? If it is to purchase feed, then perhaps reduce the number of heads.
    As a child I remember often, farmers receiving financial assistance from the taxpayers many times when times were hard.
    What never made sense to me was that us other folk had to save for tough times, but farmers were not expected to.
    Most seemed to live a fairly affluent lifestyle.

  2. All evidence points to animal agriculture as having a direct influence on increasing drought conditions.
    Cattle require huge amounts of water to keep alive and noxious weeds (buffel) to feed.
    What exactly are we doing running huge numbers of cattle in the desert?
    Most stations are now monocultures of buffel grass or bulldust and eliminate other potential economic activity because of the sheer size of these stations.


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