About the Drought
Our farmers are facing the worst drought and the most dangerous bushfires in living memory. Some towns have been burnt to the ground already and others could run out of water by Christmas. 99% of NSW and 66% of QLD is officially in drought* and 53% of NSW and 87% of QLD is already in high fire danger**. The drought conditions have been affecting parts of the Murray-Darling Basin since the beginning of 2017, and the last 33 months have been the driest on record. Water storages aren’t being replenished with many catchments at less than 20% capacity. 2019 alone is the second-warmest financial year on record which is creating additional water stress for many areas.
*Department of Primary Industries report, 1 November 2019
**Bureau of Meteorology, 1 November 2019