Jason had the opportunity to chat to many of the farmers and brought back one important message, “even though we have had a fair bit of rain recently, this is still not enough, the land is so dry we need rain for months to break this drought.” In speaking with farmers, Jason learnt the hardships they still face from wheat that is producing only one third of its usual harvest to the need to buy grains to feed stock at $500 a tonne (usually priced at under $200 a tonne). One farmer has even had to reduce the amount of sheep on his farm by over 4000 head dramatically reducing his income to support his family.
The Lions District Governor attended the event and provided each family with a Lions Fruit Cake. Although this sounds like a small token, it provided an incredible conversation starter for the people who attended. It gave the opportunity for people to check in and ask the all-important questions, are you ok? What can we do to help? With the Aussie Battler attitude many farmers replied I’m not too bad off even if they were. The awareness of depression was certainly present and spoken about during some of the speeches given by Michael White and Jason Milner.
By Jason Milner, HomeGrown Radio, Triple H FM