CHARITY Rural Aid is reaching out to farmers who’ve been affected by recent rain and flood events.
Much of Australia’s east coast has undergone a drenching in recent weeks, with more rain predicted.
The downpours have filled water storages and tanks to some of the highest levels seen in decades.
But the wet conditions have also hindered many farmers trying to harvest their winter crops.
Rural Aid counsellors and community representatives have been visiting impacted areas and phoning flooded-in farmers as part of a community-wide response.
Rural Aid CEO John Warlters said the rain had received mixed welcomes.
“It’s fantastic to see our water storages filled to overflowing after so many years of bone-dry dams and empty creeks,” Mr Warlters said.
“The memories of crippling drought are still very raw, so to have an abundance of water is a joyful experience that many farmers have spent years wishing for.
“But as is often the way in Australia, droughts are chased away by flooding rains.”
Farmers are encouraged to reach out to Rural Aid if they need assistance.
Rural Aid can provide wellbeing assistance through its free counselling program or financial assistance and fodder support. Rural Aid can be contacted on 1300 327 624 or by going online to ruralaid.org.au.