I have spent plenty of time driving around the region in the past few weeks and have seen firsthand just how tough farmers are doing it.
It is terrible to look around and see the state of the paddocks and how little feed there is for livestock.
It’s taking a terrible toll on our landholders and there is a flow on to all businesses that rely on agriculture as well.
The rain we had on Friday and in the early hours of Monday morning was very welcome but we all know it’s not enough.
Unfortunately the long term weather forecasts don’t show any real signs of rain so it’s hard to know just how long this is going to drag on.
It was good to see the state and federal governments announcing additional drought assistance measures over the last week.
The Council is doing its bit too. We announced recently that drought-affected landholders in the Dubbo Region would be able to access free water from standpipes.
Eligible customers can access up to 10,000 litres per application, with the option to make more than one application.
Water is becoming increasingly hard to come by for some farmers so this is an opportunity that can provide relief, whether it is for stock or even for a landowner’s residence.
I hope this can make a difference and encourage everyone to take advantage of it. To find out more information, call Council on 6801 4000 or visit council’s website.
I will continue to look for ways that we as a council can do our bit to support the farmers that supply so much of our food and clothing.
Mental health is as a big a crisis as the shortage of feed and water for stock so it is important that everyone monitors the health and wellbeing of their family, friends and neighbours during this tough time.
Fingers crossed that drought breaking rain is just around the corner.