DiJONES Drought Drive coming to Dubbo, Wellington in December

The drought drive will cover more than 3000 kilometres, taking the people through some of the worst affected towns. Photo: Amy McIntyre.
The drought drive will cover more than 3000 kilometres, taking the people through some of the worst affected towns. Photo: Amy McIntyre.

An upcoming Sydney-driven drought trip aims to support regional businesses affected by the ongoing dry conditions.

In December, employees from real estate agency DiJONES will make its way through 14 regional towns in New South Wales to financially support businesses and communities.

More than 30 vehicles have already signed up to take part in the three-day event which will begin on December, 8.

The drought drive will cover more than 3000 kilometres, taking the people through some of the worst affected towns.

They will travel to places including Milthorpe, Blayney, Wellington, Gilgandra, Mudgee, Coonamble, Dubbo and as far west as Walgett and Nyngan.

While metropolitan based, the agency has strong ties to the bush, as DiJONES general manger Kylie Walsh is originally from Boggabri and still has family there.

"She has a great understanding of what's happening at the moment (with the drought) and a lot of different pressures," Emma Williams from DiJONES said.

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Agent Donovan Murphy is also from Walgett and Annabel Noonan from Nyngan.

Ms Williams went onto explain that DiJones CEO Rob Ward and Ms Walsh wanted to help the drought affected businesses, especially considering many eligible for drought funding.

"We can't help everybody and we're not a registered charity... but what we can do is go and purchase presents, gifts, fill up, eat and have a good time in these regional times," Ms Williams explained.

The drought trip is just weeks before Christmas and a great opportunity for the DiJONES colleagues to come together, Ms Williams said.

"But we've also had a lot of communication come through from people out in the region just regarding how devastating the drought conditions are and we're well aware of the diff water restrictions and pressures that these times are experiencing," she added.

Since the drought trip was announced the agency has had a lot of people reach out to them sharing their stories, videos and photos.

One of the agency's overarching goals for the tip was to inspire and encourage other metropolitan businesses to look towards the bush this Christmas.

"We've been really trying to tap into some of the other campaigns, like Buy from the bush...," Ms Williams said.

DiJONES will make an e-catalogue available soon for any business happy to submit their details.

So far 150 businesses have signed up to be a part of.

"We will be encouraging other networks and businesses to utilise this (catalogue), particularly over the Christmas holidays," Ms Williams said.

"They might not be able to join us on the drought drive... but potentially they can go at another time, or if they can't they can jump online, purchase... and still support them..."