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The Palaszczuk Government will support drought-affected landholders and upgrade the satellite imagery of Queensland used across government as part of the 2016-17 $456.7 million natural resources and mines budget.
Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said today’s Queensland Budget
extended existing relief measures to support landholders in communities across the state.
“About 80 per cent of Queensland is currently drought-declared and landholders, local businesses and their communities continue to experience financial hardship,” he said.
Dr Lynham said his Department of Natural Resources and Mines would deliver $4.2 million of the 2016-17 $41.9 million whole-of-government drought assistance package drought assistance by:
Dr Lynham said $7.8 million over four years would be used to buy high-resolution satellite imagery coverage of Queensland in a joint initiative with the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation.
“The department will buy high-resolution satellite imagery covering the entire state every year, instead of every three years,” he said.
“This new coverage will see Queensland with one of the most comprehensive imagery datasets in the world.
“For example, timely high-quality digital satellite imagery will assist in vegetation management monitoring and the early detection of land cover change; particularly in vulnerable Great Barrier Reef catchments where satellite imagery will be collected up to three times per year.
“It will also assist other government agencies for purposes including monitoring Great Barrier Reef health, agriculture, emergency services, resource sector exploration, main roads and natural disaster recovery.
“The high-resolution satellite imagery will also be made available on the Queensland Globe for the public and industry to use.”
Other key initiatives in 2016-17 include: