Rural Aussies Are Pressuring The Government Into Helping Our Farmers
There's no denying our farmers are struggling at the moment.
Water is drying up in rural communities, weather conditions are making it harder to produce crops and they're not getting enough return on investment from big supermarkets.
The Australian government has pledged $100 million in drought assistance that will eventually trickle down to farmers that need it the most.
However, people living in these communities are pushing Prime Minister Scott Morison to give more money to farmers in the form of quick cash to help them see through the upcoming Summer.
One of the growing voices of this campaign is coming from an unlikely source: Instagram.
A person living in country New South Wales started an account called The West Is Waiting and in two weeks it has gained more than 6,000 followers.
It's not hard to see why as well; the account spreads a simple message: Scott Morrison Where Are You?
The person who started the account has told LADbible: "No one's getting help. The help we need is in the form of cash.
"[The government] say they're throwing all this money into the bush but it's all for infrastructure and dams and things in the future.
"There's nothing for immediate help.
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"They're talking up this Farmers Household Allowance and in all honesty, it's so hard to apply for, so they say they're going to make it simpler but at the moment it's just so hard to apply for."
Her shire usually produces wheat, barley, chick peas canola, however this year no one has grown anything.
Let that sink in for a second.
No farmer in the area has been able to produce a crop that is sellable due to the drought.
There is a growing concern that this Summer will prove even harder for farmers, with hotter and drier temperatures expected to push people to the brink.
The West Is Waiting creator tells us: "It will be tougher than they expect. It's another year without a harvest. No crops. Nothing. I don't know a single one that is harvesting a crop and that's pretty unheard of in our district."
They add that they're going to keep pressuring the government until it provides short-term, quick solutions.
"We're passionate about what we're doing and we're not stopping until we get a result and that is cash.
"We need it right now...cash to keep everyone going until that first crop is harvested or that first lot of sheep is sold or that first lot of cattle goes up for market."
They want the Prime Minister and the Treasurer to come to local communities, listen to their stories and act. Time is running out and farmers can't wait around for expensive projects to get underway. They need help right now.
Featured Image Credit: The West Is Waiting
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