Drought destroying our farmers

Australia should be alarmed and ashamed at the plight of our farmers in western New South Wales and Queensland who are on verge of total devastation due to a prolonged drought, who face having to destroy their breeding stock and walk off their properties which in many cases have supported generations of families.
It’s about time we revisited the collection of the big wet season rains by building dams and piping it to outback Australia to maintain a reliable source of water supply to those “true” salt of the earth Australians who put food on our dinner tables across our vast parched land, we must make all efforts to help these wonderful farmers who have for decades carried Australia economically on their backs.
How can we achieve this? Well to me its simple, first of all we need leadership with backbone to implement such a vital piece of infrastructure. Where will the funds come from? Well that’s easy, remove grant subsidies for institutions and organisations who contribute not so much to the economics of the country, other than wanting more funds to further their own agendas. Remove these funds until this undertaking of a vital piece of infrastructure is completed.
Couple this with a series of hydro generators along the route and underground systems along the pipeline. This has a two pronged benefit, it can be done. The ancients used this method thousand of years ago, all we need is the will and the backbone from our politicians to achieve this.

Bill Bayliss, Chewton.

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.