GIVIT travels to Parkes, Nyngan, Bourke to help in dry times

GIVIT NSW Drought Manager Scott Barrett. Photo: Supplied.
GIVIT NSW Drought Manager Scott Barrett. Photo: Supplied.

GIVIT NSW Drought Manager Scott Barrett is continuing his crusade to support drought-affected areas, with his most recent tour of the state.

Mr Barrett travelled to Parkes, Nyngan and Bourke, meeting with local charities and attending rural support meetings earlier this week.

Ahead of the trip to Bourke, Mr Barrett said he's planned to look for ways that GIVIT can provide drought relief.

"Despite the rain up in that north-west corner, there are still some people up there under a lot of strain," he said.

The recent rainfall across the western NSW region has been a massive boost to people's spirits, Mr Barrett said, but there is still a lot of work to do.

"It doesn't rain money, there's still a long time before there will be money in these people's bank accounts and in that time we still need businesses ticking over, we still need to get kids ready for school...," he added.

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Current requests that GIVIT is working to fill include dog biscuits for a drought-affected family facing financial hardship near Coonamble, fuel and grocery vouchers for a group of 35 farmers near Nyngan.

Young families near Walgett need three dozen school uniforms, while families at Brewarrina require school and stationary items.

Drought-affected families in Cowra, who are struggling financially, need grocery vouchers.

In the past year, the NSW drought manager has travelled approximately 70,000 kilometres, to help those affected by the ongoing dry conditions.

Mr Barrett said there is still a lot of need out there for those struggling.

"More and more we're seeing that need.. we're seeing the impact this is having on local businesses. It's not just the farmers (affected)," he said.

The drought has had a major flow-on effect to not only farmers, but businesses in those towns too.

"The farmers are doing it tough, they're not spending as much money, which affects people in the towns. It's so important we keep these businesses ticking over, which is why a big part of the GIVIT model is to not take things into these towns, but to buy local," Mr Barrett said.

If there are any groups dealing with people affected by the drought, Mr Barrett urged them to visit the GIVIT website and register.

"It's an easy thing to do and an easy way to access some of the genuine things that people need," he said.