New commissioners appointed to assist with the drought
THE Palaszczuk Government appointed two drought commissioners today, and will inject $9 million into programs to deal with the social and financial impacts of the drought on regional Queensland communities and families.
The investment announced on Monday August 13 is an addition to more than $670 million provided by successive Queensland Governments on drought relief over more than five years.
The appointed drought commissioners are Vaughan Johnson and Mark O'Brien.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said they had agreed to work without remuneration to personally provide her with first-hand information about the effectiveness of drought assistance across affected areas of the state.
"This work will build on the success Mark and Vaughan have had as wild dog commissioners across western Queensland, and their own experience in working with welfare and community groups throughout our regions,” she said.
They will advise the agricultural industry development minister Mark Furner and the Premier about what strategies are working best and how things can be improved to deliver support to the drought affected communities.
Mr O'Brien has worked with St Vincent De Paul throughout southwest Queensland and Mr Johnson was on the 2011 floods disaster committee.