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State of concern: All of NSW feeling effects of drought

State of concern: All of NSW feeling effects of drought

But the drought conditions in the Australian state of New South Wales this year have been the driest and most widespread since 1965.

The Australian Government have stepped in to offer a subsidy to struggling farmers to tide them over until the drought breaks.

The state government on Wednesday declared that 100 per cent of the state was impacted by drought, on the back of a drier-than-expected start to winter.

State and federal governments are providing financial help, but not enough for many farmers.

"Many farmers are taking livestock off their paddocks, only to then see kangaroos move in a take whatever is left", Blair said.

"Anybody on the land that will make a phone call to the Department of Environment can get permission to shoot nearly whatever they want to shoot and it's unaudited and unchecked and that's our concern - animal welfare", Borda told Australian Broadcasting Corp. The region has been battling one of the worst droughts in years.

"If there is interest from both sides of the Tasman in this scheme we will work out a way to make that happen".




There may be people who want to donate money to drought relief charities, Katie says.

In a joint statement, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud, said: "We will stand with Australia's farming families every step of the way as they cope with this devastating drought: listening, caring, responding and delivering". You've bred them from birth - they've been part of your life.

Conditions are similarly dire in Queensland to the north, where the state government says almost 60 per cent of land is suffering drought conditions, which are also affecting the southern states of Victoria and South Australia.

Less than 10mm of rain was recorded in July, and the dry conditions are forecast to continue in the next coming months.

Federated Farmers national president Katie Milne says offering drought-stricken Australian farmers an escape could do wonders for their mental health.

The federal and NSW state governments are providing more than A$1.5 billion (S$1.52 billion) in drought relief packages, created to offset the cost of feed and freight, and increase access to mental health services for farmers feeling the strain.