Bridging the gap between Farming and Urban communities is extremely important in the development of Australia’s economy. If we continue with this divide and lack of awareness of those that produce our food, future generations will suffer as a result.
The goal is to bring to light to and expose all Australians to the current effects the drought is having on farming Australia. Over the duration of this trip I will be interviewing farmers, transport companies, agricultural agencies, farming communities, farm workers and anyone who is connected to farming or is effected by the current drought. Not only do I want to bring attention to the effects the drought is having, but I also want to show case the sense of community in country Australia. I will be doing stories on those that are doing amazing things to support Farming Australia.
I will also be collecting data off farmers and those working in the agricultural sector to put together recommendations that will be submitted to state and federal government. These recommendations will focus on changing current drought management policies, support subsidies, government funding and other areas that arise in the information collected.
It is important that the information is gathered from a large range of farming communities. Australia has an array of farm land, farm sizes and all areas are managed and farmed differently. To get an understanding of what is happening in drought stricken areas and how people are coping will give me the evidence that will support the submission of my recommendations
We hope this process will educate people all around Australia about how tough life on the land can be but also about how fortunate and amazing life can be. Rural Australians have been proven to be happier than their city counterparts. Sure, times such as this drought will bring the strongest of people to their knees, but the sense of communities that they are surrounded by will often be all the therapy they need.
We hope that you can learn a little about life on the land from our journey, as well and gain an understanding of how tough life can be as well as how amazing it is also.
Larger farms are often run as a family trust and the owner of the farm takes drawings or a wage from the business. Smaller farms are often run as a partnership with in a family. Either way, the farmer still has to go in to debt to purchase land or machinery. Many farmers are still recovering financially from previous droughts and some areas of Australia have been in drought for 5 or more years.
There are so many ways that you can assist in making life just that little bit easier for our farmers that are faced with the worst drought in 100 years.
Charities or organisations that you can support.
Burrumbuttock Hay Runners. The Burrumbuttock Hay runners have completed 13 successful hay runs since 2014 and hoping to continue helping our farmers in drought affected areas.
Aussie Helpers https://aussiehelpers.org.au/donations/
Rural Aid - Buy A Bale
Lions Need for Feed Disaster Relief http://www.needforfeed.org/donate.html