Resources Minister Scott Stewart

June 30, 2021

More than 8000 Queensland land lessees in drought-declared areas will receive a 12-month deferral on paying their annual land rent.

Resources Minister Scott Stewart said about 65 per cent of Queensland was officially drought declared and giving eligible landholders more time to pay their bills was a small way the State Government could help.

“More than $26.5 million in annual land rent is being deferred for primary production leases, licences and permits in the drought declared areas for the next 12 months,” he said

“While the wet season has brought needed relief for some areas of Queensland, there are still 40 local governments drought-declared.

“There are more than 8000 primary producers on leased State land in the drought declared areas that won’t have to pay their land rent until July 1, 2022,”

Land rent relief applies to businesses, farmers and individuals that hold a lease, licence or permit to occupy for primary production purposes on State land.

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