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Drought Co-ordinator to visit Tablelands

By Catherine Clifford, Thursday January 30, 2014 - 13:43 EDT
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Tim Johnston, NSW Drought Co-ordinator. - ABC

The New South Wales Drought Co-ordinator, Tim Johnston, will visit the Northern Tablelands next week.

He'll gather on-ground information for the Regional Assistance Advisory Committee (RAAC).

The independent RAAC has determined the Tablelands has now met the trigger point for the Committee to seek additional on-ground information, based on objective rainfall, soil moisture, pasture growth and seasonal conditions.

Tim Johnston will spend Monday and Tuesday in the area talking to drought-affected farmers, touring properties and meeting representatives from Local Land Services.

Northern Tablelands MP, Adam Marshall, says Mr Johnston will make recommendations to the Primary Industries Minister following his visit.

"Tim's based at Bathurst and he's been tasked with the job of co-ordinating all of the Local Land Services in drought-affected areas in NSW," he said.

"The new process is that Local Land Services collect all the raw data on the ground about rainfall, seasonal conditions and they feed that through to Tim to then make those recommendations to the Minister."

Yesterday, Walcha farmer, Jim Young, told ABC News he's going through two B-doubles of hay and half a B-double of grain every week to keep alive his 5,000 ewes, their lambs and 700 head of cattle.


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