We may have had some very welcome rain in the past couple of days, but while it has lifted spirits and left a green tinge, our farmers in the region have a long winter ahead.
You may have been following our drought stories and you may even have donated some cash, food or some other much-need item to support the people on the land.
But if you feel you still need to get a picture of what’s happening on the land or how you can help, read on.
At The Northern Daily Leader and our related papers across the state, we’ve been talking to farmers, volunteers, charity organisations, politicians, businesses and service providers.
Our aim has been to give non-farmers a clearer picture of why this is the most serious drought in decades, how it’s affecting people’s everyday lives, what it’s doing to businesses in town, and what people can do to help.
We’ve even been running our own campaign where people can sign petitions, donate and spread awareness, knowing those efforts will go to their neighbours down the road.
And we must say, you have done yourselves proud – in cash alone, to just our campaign, in just two weeks, you’ve donated $26,000.
Here is just some of our coverage – and if you have the heart to pitch in, the most important link is this one: How you can help New England-North West farmers survive the drought
- No way out of perfect storm: why this drought is so serious
- ‘Praying that we made the right decision’
- Business community supporting each other through drought
- Shear waiting game for woolgrowers
- Goolhi Road drought relief a ‘God-send’ for struggling farmers
- Battling but blessed as situations change in New England
- Farm fix-it ‘shows that somebody cares’
- Students hold rain dance, raise funds for drought-stricken farmers
- Farrer bull sale ‘reasonable’ but proof of tough conditions
- Drought testing the best
- Tablelands farmers say lucky few get rain as drought dominates