With many rejoicing as rain, and in some cases good rain has fallen and continues, there remains those who have missed out and AgForce is warning that the drought crisis is far from over.
AgForce has met with 24 Mayors from drought affected communities and a taskforce aimed at raising awareness to the weather situation has now been formed.
AgForce North Regional president Russel Lethbridge says the current welcome rain has not been the silver bullet for everyone.
“Most of those shires were less than 40 %. One rain event is not going to sort the issues out. What our decision makers at the top level need to realise is that when it does rain there is still a recovery period of three to four years to get people back on their feet.
“There’s some gaps filling in, but we had a fairly urgent meeting … and we’re forming a taskforce to raise the awareness and get some priories sorted to help with an urgent crisis unfolding.”
“A lot of communities are at crisis point, with four, five or six years without a summer rainfall. In the country that’s been lacking for so long it won’t do a lot.”
Mr Lethbridge says these pockets need much more help.
“As far as this situation goes, it’s not anywhere near where it needs to be.”