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Farmers delegates meet the Drought Co-ordinator

“The aim was to put ideas on the national agenda and it’s all to do with drought proofing the country”

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton discusses the drought review with Major General Day.

Farmers Association Narrabri branch members took the opportunity to have their say on formulation of a broad strategy to deal with future droughts when they met the National Drought Co-ordinator Major General Stephen Day recently

Chairman of the Narrabri branch of the NSW Farmers Association David Scilley and treasurer Liz Tomlinson travelled to Armidale to attend a meeting with Major General Day who has been on an extensive tour of country regions to hear views on ways to mitigate the drought impact and prepare for future droughts.

“The aim was to put ideas on the national agenda and it’s all to do with drought proofing the country,” said Mr Scilley.

“Everything submitted to Major General Day he will put in his report to the Prime Minster and the more people hear about it the more the government will start taking notice.

“Its a plan for the whole country and the environment

“I believe the meeting, hosted by the Armidale Council, was productive and some good ideas for improving response to drought in Australia were put forward."

At the meeting were representatives of the NSW Farmers Association, Local Government (Glen Innes and Uralla), the Rural Financial Counselling Service and the Salvation Army with a Guyra farmer and a Uralla veterinarian.

“A question I raised was whether water should be deemed a natural strategic resource,” said Mr Scilley.