Don’t get me wrong I am certainly not downplaying the devastation of the bushfires in any way. My family are long term members and supporters of the Rural Fire Service. We too had fires approaching and expected to impact our home, but were fortunate to receive a wind change that pushed the fires away from our property. Homes and businesses were lost that afternoon in neighbouring suburbs and my heart goes out to all involved, it could just as easily have been us.
All I’m saying is don’t forget about our farmers, the ones who have been struggling for months to keep their animals alive and feed their families. I’m hearing from many of these people they are now selling the last of their animals, the breeding stock they had been trying to hold onto. Holding on with the intent to rebuild once this dreaded drought finally breaks. With long term forecasts not looking good for rain any time soon, they are pulling the plug, it’s time for them to cut their losses, they just cant hold on any longer.
Many town water supplies across NSW and QLD have already run dry and I’m sure there will be more to come.
So think about sharing around any dollars you have to spare, yes support the fire appeals if you can but also think about visiting some of these towns, many were struggling from drought before the fires hit.
Visit their town music festivals, local food markets or agricultural shows, stay the night and have a meal and a chat at the local, put some money back into these towns, a lot of the donated money is not being spent in the smaller towns.