Bucking the trend in a western droughtSally Bryant, Monday November 25, 2013 - 12:53 EDT
Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett and Lightning Ridge are dry; as dry as chips and the locals are desperate for drought-breaking rain.
Farmers have missed another harvest, graziers are out of pasture and water and they're offloading most of their stock, just hanging onto to core breeding stock which they're hand-feeding.
And that's costing them a fortune with the price of cotton seed going through the roof, and lucerne is in short supply as well.
And then, to top it all off, Elders recently closed their rural supply outlets in Bourke and Brewarrina, telling clients they would be serviced from the large outlet in Dubbo - four hours away.
To say their clients were not best pleased would be an understatement.
But nature hates a vacuum and now CRT and wool broker Don McDonald have established a rural supply business in Brewarrina, dealing in all the usual rural supply items and also taking advantage of the town's need for a hardware and garden supplier.
Don McDonald says it's a new line of business for him; as a wool broker he has not previously been involved in the merchandise business.
But he says he has faith in the district, in it's capacity to survive a drought, to support a business and to prosper in the future.
"I think this is one of the strongest wool growing areas in NSW, Brewarrina is solid."
© ABC 2013
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