DROUGHT REMAINS: Our country is facing a very difficult time battling the COVID-19 outbreak, but our region’s drought hasn’t gone anywhere.
DROUGHT REMAINS: Our country is facing a very difficult time battling the COVID-19 outbreak, but our region’s drought hasn’t gone anywhere.

Region’s drought not forgotten during worldwide pandemic

OUR region has seen the prolonged effects of drought, the devastation of bushfires and now the coronavirus pandemic, all within the last 12-months.

Granite Belt Drought Assist co-owner Glenda Riley said in our time where our community is doing it tougher than ever, it is nice to have some 'normality' thrown into the works.

"You might be stuck at home, but you can still come and get your water.

"These people have been coming and collecting water for the last seven or eight months. It adds reassurance to the community and gets them in touch with a term of normality."

Noticing an increase in water demands, Ms Riley said despite the COVID-19 crisis, the drought isn't going anywhere.

"Having that rain earlier in the year relieved a lot of stress but people's dams and tanks are starting to dry up again," she said.

"Our water is fundamental.

"Deliveries are starting to pick up again and so is that demand for water."

As for Sutton's Juice Factory, Cider and Shed Cafe, owner David Sutton said this is going to be a year we don't want to ever see again.

"In life we are have a number of challenges and you don't really have a choice. You just have to work with what you've got."

With the prolonged effects of drought constantly in the back of his mind, Mr Sutton is hopeful for some breaking rain in the spring.

"Obviously that is a while away. There is no prospect of rain in the near future and it would be nice if it doesn't turn out as the worst we have ever seen.

"We are living in a green drought realistically. The only reason the grass is still green is because we don't have that constant heat on it."

No matter what our region faces, Mr Sutton said the only way to get through it, is to dig in and stay positive.

"There is always going to be something better that comes out of it in the long run."

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