Calls for drought relief have been heeded by the government, Parkes MP Mark Coulton said.
Mr Coulton joined Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other senior government ministers at a Trangie property on Monday, to discuss potential solutions to the drought gripping close to 60 per cent of NSW.
“The roll up of such a large number of Cabinet ministers from the Australian government is a clear indication that the concerns that have been expressed through all of our electorate offices about the condition of the drought, the deteriorating conditions that we’re having at the moment is taken very seriously by our government,” Mr Coulton said.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack was also on hand to hear from local farmers, and said a prolonged drought would impact Australia’s ability to make the most of new Free Trade Agreements with neighbours in Asia.
He also acknowledged the impact drought had on farmers.
“It has a great impact not only on their resilience but also on their mental health, so whatever we can do in that regard, we’ll endeavour to try to ease their burden,” Mr McCormack said.
“We need our farmers three times a day, every day.
“Please be assured we’re out listening, we will do what we can to help you through this and while we can’t make it rain, we can certainly listen. We’ve done that today and we’ll certainly have more discussions about what we can do to help you in the future.”