Australia 'Let's hope the weather forecasts are wrong'

04:33  06 august  2018
04:33  06 august  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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And the bad news is , the weather bureau can’t see any relief in sight. Mr Turnbull said farmers have “terrible choices” to make in the short and long-term future. “If you keep going and going in the hope it will rain and it doesn’t rain, you can go broke.

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Malcolm Turnbull has spoken of the heartache and distress in farming communities, after touring some of the worst drought-ravaged parts of New South Wales.

The prime minister embraced a woman who broke down and wept openly, distraught at the pain and human suffering on the land.

It comes as Australians have donated generously to help the struggling farmers, with Nine's Drought Relief Appeal garnering $1,317,350 since it was launched last Thursday.

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The package aims to offer financial and mental health support to struggling farmers. Image: 9News © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The package aims to offer financial and mental health support to struggling farmers. Image: 9News

On a farm near Dubbo, Mr Turnbull announced additional assistance for families, including two lump sum payments, totalling $12,000, to help provide the basics.

The overall package is worth $190 million, and includes help for mental health, as the strain of the drawn out dry, spreads throughout rural communities.

Almost all of NSW and most of Queensland is in the grip of what Mr Turnbull says is the worst drought in 50 years.

And the bad news is, the weather bureau can’t see any relief in sight.

a truck driving down a dirt road: The drought struggle has captivated Australia as farmers battle to stay afloat. Image: 9News © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The drought struggle has captivated Australia as farmers battle to stay afloat. Image: 9News

“Let’s hope the weather forecasts are wrong and we get an early break in the drought,” Mr Turnbull told the Today show this morning.

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“But I fear it will be a long haul. That’s certainly what we’re being told.”

The prime minister spoke of the strength, courage, and resilience of farmers, reminding them the government “has your back”.

“Our farmers are among the most courageous, innovative, business people,” he said. “That is what they are.

“They battle a very, very capricious climate, the land of droughts and flooding rain.

a man riding on the back of a truck driving down a dirt road: The proposal comes after PM Turnbull visited drought stricken farms in June. Image: 9News © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The proposal comes after PM Turnbull visited drought stricken farms in June. Image: 9News

“They understand that droughts are the landscape of Australia. But this one (drought) has a severity and a length, that is, we have not seen, as I said, 50 years.

“Australia’s farmers are strong. And they’re strong because they are enterprising, courageous people. But they are strong because they know the whole nation is behind them.”

Mr Turnbull said farmers have “terrible choices” to make in the short and long-term future.

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“If you keep going and going in the hope it will rain and it doesn’t rain, you can go broke. And then you’re in more trouble.

“So these are diabolical choices farmers are having to make.”

The prime minister defended the $12,000 payments, saying State Governments were responsible for assistance to buy feed.

“What we’re doing is keeping body and soul together for farming families who cannot afford to put food on the table.”

Mr Turnbull said the government would look at even more support if the drought drags on.

But he wouldn’t discuss the possibility of providing “exit” support for farmers wanting to get off the land.

“What we have to do is back them in,” he said.

“The important thing is to get people through to the end of the drought.

“We don’t want to throw a blanket of doom and gloom over the industry.”

He did, though, say while it hasn’t yet affected town water supplies, it’s an issue they would look at, should the drought get worse.

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And he has beaten everyone in forecasting storms in this area for the past 5 years (that I have been following him). That includes NOAA, NWS and all the local pretty boy forecasters . He may be wrong (and I really hope he is ), but I cannot wait for him to be wrong .

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