Maranoa MP David Littleproud will take on a new role in Scott Morrison's Cabinet.
Maranoa MP David Littleproud will take on a new role in Scott Morrison's Cabinet. Michael Nolan

Littleproud's new role

ASSISTING drought affected farmers will be Maranoa MP David Littleproud's key focus as he begins work in his new portfolio after a major ministry reshuffle.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced his new minister on Sunday, including shifting Mr Littleproud from Agriculture Minister to water resources, natural disasters and emergency management.

The Maranoa MP was elected to his second term at the May 18 federal election and said his new portfolio would allow him to provide assistance to people living on the land.

"The drought is one of the biggest challenges, one rain event doesn't break a drought, we are going to need two or three average seasons as a minimum to get our farmers back up on their feet,” he said. "We've got some work to do continuously and be agile around delivery of support now and recovery into the future.”

Mr Littleproud told the Dalby Herald he was proud of the legacy he created with the Murray Darling Basin and would continue to deliver the project to the benefit of farmers.

"This is the biggest environmental program our nation's history and, for the first time, we've got agreement on the management of the Murray Darling by basin states in the Commonwealth.

"So I continue to build on that and deliver the plan in a sensible way and understand the impacts it has and is having on regional communities.”

Mr Littleproud's former ministerial role will be filled by Bridget McKenzie - Australia's first female Agriculture Minister. The reshuffle marks a record number of women on the Coalition frontbench - seven. Mr Littleproud said he was glad to see female leadership.

"It's a fantastic thing that we've got two women leading agriculture, the National Farmers' Federation president is a female as well,” Mr Littleproud said.