COMMUNITY SUFFERING: The business community will feel the flow-on effects of the Government's decision to remove the Western Downs from the drought-declared list.
COMMUNITY SUFFERING: The business community will feel the flow-on effects of the Government's decision to remove the Western Downs from the drought-declared list. Michael Doyle

Business sector will suffer from government snub

BUSINESSES in Dalby will feel the pinch from the Western Downs drought snub.

President of the Dalby Chamber of Commerce, Rohan May, said when the agriculture sector was suffering, the ripple effect took its toll on the town.

Mr May said the decision to take the region off the drought declared list would have severe impacts for the community.

"When the agriculture sector does it tough, the whole town does it tough,” Mr May said.

"Our farmers, transport operators and their employees are not able to spend money in town.

"It has a flow-on effect and really has a devastating impact on the whole community.”

Mr May said he was shocked when the decision was made to remove the region from the drought declared list.

He said it should be evident the region was suffering from drought by looking at the struggling crop fields, and that the government decision must be reversed.

"It is imperative that Mark Furner urgently reconvenes the Local Drought Committee, and reconsiders this unfathomable decision,” Mr May said.

"Our farmers now have to try and get through a maze of bureaucracy to be individually recognised as suffering from drought, rather than the evident drought being recognised across the region.

"How anyone can think our region is not in drought, or not suffering is beyond belief.”