State Drought Coordinator Pip Job urges farmers with livestock to take care this weekend

State Drought Coordinator Pip Job with Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Photo: JENNIFER HOAR
State Drought Coordinator Pip Job with Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Photo: JENNIFER HOAR

Drought-affected farmers will have yet another thing to worry about with a cold front forecast to “shoot across the state” this weekend.

State Drought Coordinator Pip Job issued the warning to those in colder climates on Wednesday, where she joined senior government figures to announce drought relief measures.

Cold temperatures, showers and strong northwesterly winds had been expected from Thursday across parts of the Central and Southern Tablelands.

“Ninety-nine per cent of NSW is in drought now as of our latest combined drought indicator report,” Ms Job said.

“We are expecting a very cold front to shoot across the state this weekend and it's going to hit those areas that are sort of tablelands, your colder climate areas so a strong message to people with livestock is that expect that this weekend.

“We recognise that you're under significant stress just in trying to maintain your animals this weekend but reach out to Local Land Services, as they can provide you with feeding assistance for livestock during this time.”

Ms Job also urged farmers to look at the NSW government’s latest drought relief package, and to contact the Rural Assistance Authority or Rural Financial Counselling Service for assistance.