Ever been interested in being a Farm Sitter? Across Rural Australia, farmers rarely get a break. If you'd like to be a farm sitter, much like a house sitter but with a few extra
Cheer a farmer on and let them know that you care by sending out a digital #DearFarmer note on social media. Help us bridge the gap between rural and metro Australia, and show that Aussie spirit by giving thanks to our farmers for their hard work and determination as they continue to put food on our tables.
We’re asking Australians of all ages to spread some love and kindness, and share a digital note of hope with our farmers who are doing it tough.
We can’t make it rain, but we can take a moment to sit down and write a note, or draw a picture, for our farmers.
Digital Fundraising Solutions
Rural Aid recognises that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has far-reaching effects for every community and organisation in Australia. Despite facing new challenges, our team is continuing to deliver much-needed counselling services, hay, water and financial assistance to farming families.
Our farming families still need your support. Check out our Digital Fundraising Solutions to find fun ways that you and your family can get involved and make a difference in Australia.
Australia’s professional beekeepers are our forgotten farmers. These important primary producers are often overlooked when it comes to the effects of drought, bushfire and other natural disasters.
Yet professional beekeepers are the cornerstone of our agricultural industry. They play a vital role in helping to pollinate important food crops for both humans and livestock, in addition to producing delicious Aussie honey from our rugged bushland. Crops like almonds, avocados, blueberries, cucumbers, mangoes, apples and pumpkin rely heavily on pollination by bees.
We need to support our “littlest livestock”, honey bees, and the beekeepers who care for them. Please help safeguard one of the most important industries in Australian agriculture – Australian apiculture.
DONATE YOUR BOTTLES FOR THE BUSH
Our farmers are facing unprecedented bushfires and drought. Some towns have been burnt to the ground and others could run out of water. The good news is that you can help by donating your empty drink containers at any TOMRA Recycling Location (Return and Earn in NSW and Containers for Change in QLD). Every eligible container donated raises 10c to support our farmers and rural communities in need.
To donate your Bottles for the Bush, just download the barcode to use at your local Return and Earn or TOMRA machine.
So far, we have raised over $500,000 for our farmers through Bottles for the Bush. By continuing to donate your bottles and cans you have the opportunity to help us make an even bigger impact in the lives of our disaster affected farmers.
CURRENT DROUGHT SITUATION IN AUSTRALIA
NSW overview – April 2020
- Drought conditions further weakened across NSW in April 2020. Much of the state remains Drought Affected, however many areas are in the early stages of drought recovery due to rain over recent months. Pasture growth and winter crop potential is currently positive for large areas of the state, though consistent winter rainfall is needed to ensure longer-term recovery.
- The NSW DPI Combined Drought Indicator (CDI) showed that 91.4% of the state was in one of the three drought categories at the end of April, indicating the complex pattern of seasonal conditions unfolding across NSW.
- Parts of the Northern Tablelands, South East and the far west remained in Intense Drought.
Further information on the NSW seasonal update is here
QLD overview – May 2020
- As at 1 March 2020, there are a total of 41 councils and 4 part council areas drought declared.
- These declarations represent 67.4% of the land area of Queensland.
- There are also 28 Individual Droughted Properties (IDPs) in a further 11 Local Government Areas.
Further information on the QLD seasonal update is here