DIRE CONDITIONS: Many parts of Queensland are struggling with water issues.
DIRE CONDITIONS: Many parts of Queensland are struggling with water issues.

The devastating impact of drought

ON THE occasional weekend I drive up the highway to visit my parents on the northern end of the Coast.

Since moving back here I’ve begun to realise the rich green and blue hues that surround me on the drive- of the fertile farms and the dense coverage of the mountains.

A few months ago, the journey I took to visit my parents looked very different.

I lived in the North Burnett for 15 months and it wasn’t until I was interviewing farmers each week and driving through the dry terrain that I realised the Coast’s cool tones and just how good we have it here.

I never before realised that when mandarin supplies at Woolies were low, that could mean a farmer a few hours away is struggling to pay their mortgage.

When drought hits the regions out west, the farms we get our produce from are the first to be cut off from the major dam’s water supplies which feed irrigation.

That’s because one of the country’s most reliable power stations, Tarong, also relies on the same dam.

In certain seasons this is devastating for farmers with their whole year’s income at risk, along with the quality of food we eat.

And farmers right across Queensland are in similar situations today.

On page 6 Matty Holdsworth wrote a story about two Coast woman who have set out to help the people struggling with issues you may have never considered.

The Sunshine Coast Water Angels are asking for water bottles to donate to farmers who need drinking water.

Water bottles, 600ml, can be dropped at Chancellor State College on Seotember 7 from noon to 5pm.

Although it is out of sight, the drought is very real.