Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central West is calling on all levels of government, business and the community to remain focused on the ongoing impacts of the drought across the Central West.
RDA Central West Chair, Christine Weston said at last month’s board meeting the recent rains in some regions had been most welcome, but the recovery from the drought was a long and ongoing process.
“As a farmer I have directly been impacted by this debilitating drought on a daily basis. It hammers output, productivity and confidence.”
The RDA board moved a motion to ensure supporting the communities impacted by drought and supporting the provision of key services was the priority focus of the organisation for 2020.
“There continues to be sad drought-affected consequences, such as the closure of the Trundle grocery store and farmers across the region still spending thousands a day on stock feed. The economic and social impact on our communities has been immense,” said Christine.
She reminded residents to shop local and support their community when they can, and encourage family and friends to stay, shop and visit in the Central West.
“Backing local communities and businesses drives jobs, boosts confidence, and by visiting our region it is a simple way to show your support, and say we are here and we want to help.”