Several Wollondilly farmers are breathing a big sigh of relief knowing they will now be able to water their crops in coming weeks.
Six farmers, battling one of the worst droughts the Macarthur region has seen, were the lucky recipients of two water deliveries.
Money donated to the Dilly Drought Drive was used to purchase water from Theresa Park Water Carriers who made water drops to each farm on Saturday, May 5.
Top Forty Orchard Oakdale owner Lynette Rideout-Keanelly said it was “wonderful” to receive the water and was grateful to those who donated.
”The water has allowed me to irrigate my young trees for the first time in three months,” she said. “I now have the surety that I have some water.”
Drive organiser Sharon Robertson thanked Chris and Lauren Cranfield, owners of Theresa Park Water Carriers, for delivering 105,000 litres of water to the farmers.
“Theresa Park Water Carriers gave us a big discount for its carting services,” she said. “ We used the savings to buy extra water.”
“All the farmers were very grateful.”
Each farmer received 15,000 litres.
The Drought Drive has given hay and water to four dairy farmers, two cattle farmers and one orchardist. More than $25,000 has been raised to date.
Picton Sand and Soil delivered another 50,000 litres of water to the farms on Sunday, May 13.
Mrs Robertson has asked people to continue “digging deep” to support the shire’s farmers.
“Without money being donated we aren’t able to help the farmers,” she said. “The response has been amazing so far.
“We need about $7000 each week to give hay and water to all the farmers weekly.”
Mrs Robertson said the drought had been a silent killer and had happened so quickly.
“The livestock or trees are the farmers’ livelihoods,” she said. “It is how they earn money.
“Some of the farmers feel embarrassed for accepting help because they don’t want to feel like a failure but they are not failures. They can’t fight mother nature.
“Their dams went dry within a year and usually the farmers have seven years to manage a drought.”
Donate to: name: Lions Club of Tahmoor Inc, BSB: 633000, account number: 157928458
Or donate in store at Derks Pet and Rural Picton or Thirlmere, The Oaks Farm Supply, The Oaks Butchery or the Bendigo Bank branch in Picton.
For more information, visit Dilly Drought Drive on Facebook.