Local Leaders | NSW Farmers: Welcome change in weather, but ...

Rainfall has helped lift the spirits of some drought stricken farming communities in NSW, and ease the bushfire threat around the state.

It's a welcome change, but the drought is not over. More widespread rain is needed for many cropping and livestock operations. For those who've had good rainfall, it will still be many months before any income is generated.

The bushfires were devastating for many NSW Farmers members and rural communities. The widespread support for our farming communities has been inspiring, with charity organisations, Primary Industries and Local Land Services chipping in to help distribute donated fodder and household goods. A shout out to NSW Farmers regional services manager Dave Banham, who helped the Rapid Relief team get fodder out to fire-affected producers on the south coast. Many members are active volunteers in their local Rural Fire Service Brigade and spent countless days fighting the blazes. The RFS, farmers and volunteers did an incredible job in unprecedented conditions.

In local rural news, the Goulburn Mariam Medical Clinic is offering a special group Q Fever vaccination with first visit either February 24 or 26 between 10am and noon. The second visit would then be either March 2 or 4. Book 4821 9755.

Q-Fever is a major debilitating disease. You need to have a blood test to see whether you have been exposed and have immunity already. A second visit to the same doctor registered to give Q-Fever vaccine is required exactly seven days after blood test is done. If you don't have immunity confirmed then the doctor will vaccinate you. There is a cost involved.

NSW Farmers are also supporting Upper Lachlan Landcare, who are holding Q-Fever information sessions at Gunning, February 19 at the Fire Control Room and Crookwell Library, February 20. Both sessions, 5pm-6pm. Call Ruth, 0447 242 474.

  • Queries: nswfarmers.org.au or 0428 411 221