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Robyn Moore's drought relief advice is not all G-rated

Lydia Burton, Monday October 13, 2014 - 13:12 EDT
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Robyn Moore's drought advice - ABC
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The voice of Blinky Bill, Robyn Moore shares her advice on dealing with drought. - ABC

"Does the drought have you, or do you have the drought?" that is the question Robyn Moore has been asking drought affected landholders throughout Australia.

Mrs Moore was the voice of Blinky Bill and is now a motivational speaker, or in her words, a 'reminderer'.

She has spent the past 18-months touring drought-stricken areas and has recently visited Charleville in Queensland's south west.

Mrs Moore shared her tips on improving mental health when faced with the mounting pressures of drought.

"Now when the drought has you, you become a human reacting and all the wheels fall off the bus," she said.

"The word crisis comes from a Greek word meaning a time to sift and separate, so crisis isn't necessarily a bad thing.

"It is a time to sift and separate what matters, what doesn't, am I in, am I out?" says Mrs Moore.

But not all of Mrs Moore's drought relief advice is G-rated.

She explains when things are tough, everyone focuses on the negatives, but we need to throw a few positives into the mix.

"For people in relationships, [we should be] generous with ourselves", to relieve stress.

"And I always say to girls in the audience, no don't roll your eyes, it only takes five minutes to be generous.

"I did a drought relief event in New South Wales and the Agriculture Department wrote [on the feedback form] best drought relief ever."

Grazier, Bean Schmidt from 'Wallen' near Cunnamulla was one of the landholders who got a good laugh out of Mrs Moore's presentation.

"Humour to me means everything. To come and have a good laugh and enjoy yourself is so important," he said.

"Laughter is the best medicine."

Mr Schmidt explains "it actually looks quite magnificent at home at the moment and we are one of the very lucky people around the district.

"It's probably one of the most unfair droughts I've ever seen, where some of us have great seasons and other people are completely wiped off the map."


© ABC 2014

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