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Big dry causes campdraft drought

Eliza Rogers, Thursday March 6, 2014 - 15:33 EDT
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Campdrafts are an important part of the social fabric of rural Australia. - ABC

The Australian Campdraft Association has drastically reduced its events calendar because of drought.

Vice-president Sean Dillon says a lack of cattle and huge pressures on competitors' time and money have forced several cancellations.

He expects up to half the events in some zones to be postponed or cancelled indefinitely this year.

"February's normally an extremely busy month in a lot of zones; I think the ACA ran four affiliated events in the entire of Australia for that month, which is just unprecedented," he said.

Mr Dillon says campdrafts are extremely important to the rural community's social and emotional wellbeing.

"I think they're all absolutely vital community links that we need to maintain, so that our social structures don't break down."

Meanwhile, nominations have flooded in for a campdraft in Mulgildie near Monto, in south-east Queensland, this weekend.

Organiser Gordon Brian says they've had to streamline and even cancel some events because of lack of stock, but some generous help has come through just in time.

"We had an encouragement draft and it was canned completely... we've got an extremely generous person who's decided to find enough cattle to actually run it."


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