The Drought – from our Boarders’ Perspective

“My name is Bridie and I come from a small 300-acre property in Murulla NSW which is about 20 minutes out of Scone in the Upper Hunter. Normally my family has four dogs, three goats, three cats, nine horses and between 30-60 head of cattle depending if we have calves or not. Currently, we still have the dogs, goats, cats, horses and we have also adopted a joey,  but we only have three cows and three calves as we didn’t have enough feed or water for any more.

Over the past few months we ran out of water, our dam went dry and our well is now dry too. We are buying truckloads of water as well as a truckload of hay that had to be brought in from South Australia. 

Although I only live on a small property and my family doesn’t fully depend on the farm to provide for us, it has still had a huge impact on my family as my parents have to feed all the animals and check water tanks/troughs before and after work while myself and my two siblings are at school and university. This has been the hardest factor for me during this time because I know how hard things are at home for my parents and I wish I could be there to give them a hand. 

I would really recommend following the Facebook page ‘One Day Closer to Rain (Drought)’ as it has been a place for many farming families to share their struggles, stories and photos to support one another and let them know they aren’t alone. It has also been a place for people to offer any assistance they can with some people offering to wash clothing in town, where there is more access to water, and to cook meals for families. This page is a great example of country communities coming together during a tough time.”

 

Bridie Cooksey, Year 10

 

“My name is Claudia and I live on a property called Miowera in Humula, which is 60kms south east of Wagga Wagga. The drought has been affecting my farm as there isn’t enough grass to feed the cattle and sheep, meaning my dad has been having to buy feed, which has become increasingly expensive as it is hard to grow crops anywhere without any rain. My farm is going through a “green drought” which means that the paddocks have around 1-2cms of grass instead of 15cms, so even though in some photos its green, it isn’t enough feed for the cattle and sheep.

However my farm is a bit luckier than others, unlike my cousin James’ farm near Warren, who are struggling with feed and haven’t got any green grass at all. They have been feeding for quite a while and haven’t had any rain for many months now. Hopefully the community can all come together to help this situation.”

 

Claudia Sykes, Year 10