Deputy PM Michael McCormack, Calare MP Andrew Gee visit Wellington

Talks: Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Calare MP Andrew Gee met with Guerie farmers Greg and Matthew Wykes. Photos: Supplied.
Talks: Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Calare MP Andrew Gee met with Guerie farmers Greg and Matthew Wykes. Photos: Supplied.

Acting Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack's recent visit to the central west came just a week after a social media page calling for more government support went viral.

Earlier this month the Instagram page 'The West is Waiting' went viral encouraged people to take a photo of how the drought is affecting them with the hashtag #scottmorrisonwhereareyou with the hope the Prime Minister would visit the region and offer support.

Earlier this week Mr McCormack and Calare MP Andrew Gee made a visit to the region to meet with local farmers and rural business owners to discuss the ongoing effects of the drought.

Geurie producers Greg and Matthew Wykes hosted the politicians on their property, while Wellington agronomist Michael White welcomed the pair to his rural business.

Mr White was able to discuss with the them, the economic impact that the drought is having to regional businesses.

"Rural towns are being affected, particularly Wellington, by the drought, " Mr White said.

The local agronomist said there is no cropping and it is likely that this year the silos in town won't open.

"People in this district are looking down the barrel of a three year drought, with (no) harvest," he said.

Mr White said people have very good intentions with donating items like food and water from metropolitan areas, but struggling towns actually need people spending locally.

He would like to see a system in place where a cash card can only be used in a particular town so locals and visitors can only purchase local items.

"I think that's better than the people with the best of intentions loading up and bringing food, water, dog food... hay and all sorts of items from the city," Mr White said.

"What they should be doing is creating those sales in the local towns. If they don't these towns will just fold up."

Meeting Michael White.
Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, met with Wellington rural reseller, Michael White to discuss the economic impact of the drought on regional small businesses like his.

Meeting Michael White. Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, met with Wellington rural reseller, Michael White to discuss the economic impact of the drought on regional small businesses like his.

The Wellington businessman said the politicians took what he had to say on board and he has no doubt they will discuss it.

Planning for the next drought was also something that should be happening, Mr White said.

"My recommendation is we should be doing pipelines or getting dams built, we should be helping people on the land with subsidies.... we should also be recycling grey water," he said.

Mr Gee said communities continue to struggle during this serious drought.

"As I've said to the Australian Parliament many times, drought support will need to be ramped up as conditions worsen - especially as we head into summer," he said.

At the time of Mr McCormack and Mr Gee's visit to the central west region, Mr Morrison was overseas in America.

Mr White believes there should be a dam on the Bell River in Wellington and one for Dubbo's Talbragar River.

"Water is on everyone's lips," Mr White said.

"We should be looking at building dams. We haven't built a dam in New South Wales for over 50 years," he said.