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Bourke Shire calls for drought clarity, and help

Sally Bryant, Thursday June 13, 2013 - 11:29 EST
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Bourke and Brewarrina in drought conditions - Audience submitted

Many landholders in the far west are still in desperate straits after 12 months with very little rain, they're very low on feed, short of water and running out of patience with government agencies.

Recent meetings have highlighted some of the key problems; Bourke Shire, the Bourke Rural Financial Counselling Service and a Department of Primary Industries Rural Support Worker met with landholders to hear what their needs are.

Rural Financial Counsellor in Bourke and Brewarrina Sharon Knight says that one of the biggest problems at the moment aside from a lack of rain, is a lack of DPI staff to help drought stricken landholders.

Mrs Knight says there is no vet or livestock extension officer in Bourke to help drought affected graziers in a time of considerable need.


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