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Published September 28th 2018
Because they're worth it
There's no doubt our farmers are doing it really tough at the moment across a wide swathe of the country. Llittle water, less grass and even the bees are short of flowers. So what can we all do to help? If you are low on raindancing skills, then here's a few alternative ideas to consider.
A smorgasbord of drought relief events are being held ranging from concerts to auctions. Check out what's happening in your local area and go along.
Do this all the time if you can! At the supermarket, farmers' markets, roadside stalls, online, wherever you shop, when you buy Australian you are supporting the very important people who grow our food.
For your next holiday, please consider the drought-affected areas of country Australia. There awesome places all over to visit and some pretty wonderful events to experience. If you can even turn up for a day trip or weekend and spend money in the local rural economies, it makes a big difference to those regions doing it hard. Why not stay on a farm or station and help the farmers with some much needed income - check out youcamp, Farmstay Australia, Camp for a Farmer for some options. Accommodation ranges from houses and cabins through to camping and caravanning sites.
From fundraising to actually going out and performing volunteer work on farms, there are a number of ways to volunteer either personally or as a business. Here are some of the organisations who look for volunteer assistance, you can also keep an eye out for opportunities in your local area.
For farmers who need a hand - the organisations listed above offer help in various forms, there is federal government assistance available and state and territory governments also have programs. ASIC and the ATO have assistance options for farmers and businesses who are drought affected. The National Farmers Federation has produced a list of drought assistance options and this article provides an in-depth explanation of many of the options. Local councils in affected areas often have drought relief programs and grants available for events, equipment and infrastructure that benefits the local community.
Finally, if you have any ideas you'd like to add, we'd love to hear about them in the comments section below.