CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes is appealing to government and other support agencies to remember those still affected by drought, even as emergencies take their toll in other parts of the country. Source: Forbes Advocate.
“The bushfires have been disastrous and as a nation we held our breath at the threat and tragedy but we must not forget about the long slow burn of devastation still being caused by the drought which has crippled much of eastern Australia,” said CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes chief executive Anne-Marie Mioche.
“December had the lowest rainfall on record for Australia and we still have people in our diocese – which covers 52 per cent of NSW – who missed out on rain this week, continuing to severely limit water resources, soil moisture and any hope of a crop or livelihood for 2020,”
“The impacts on our rural and remote communities is dire, we need help,” Ms Mioche said.
Some regional areas within the diocese are now entering a fourth year of drought – and for Forbes this followed a year of flooding – and some of the associated social impacts are heartbreaking.
“We are trying our very best to help meet the increasing needs for our communities,” Ms Mioche said.
“We support families, parents and children, relationships, financial counselling, domestic violence, homelessness, youth as well as our indigenous communities – all areas of need escalating as the tyranny of drought cripples our rural and remote communities.”
Don’t forget the drought: CatholicCare plea (Forbes Advocate)