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
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 – November 2019
- Widespread drought conditions continued to affect New South Wales (NSW) during November 2019.
- Prolonged drought conditions and an unfavourable three month rainfall outlook continue to provide challenging hydrological and agronomic forward scenarios.
- The current circumstances indicate that the management of the current drought event will likely be required into 2020.
- The NSW DPI Combined Drought Indicator (CDI) shows that 97.2% of the state remains in one of the three drought categories at the end of September, with the accumulated drought duration now exceeding 18-24 months for large areas of the state since mid-2017.
Further information on the NSW seasonal update is here
QLD overview – December 2019
- As at 1 December 2019,there are a total of 33 councils and four part council areas drought declared
- . These declarations represent 66.1% of the land area of Queensland.
- There are also 23 Individual Droughted Properties (IDPs) in a further 8 Local Government Areas.
Further information on the QLD seasonal update is here