RAIN poured down on the set of The Today Show live broadcast in Loomberah, but that didn’t stop half of Tamworth turning up.
Hosts Georgie Gardner and Karl Stefanovic met with school children and farmers to talk about the drought.
“It’s about letting them know they’re not forgotten, I imagine the nature of their work is very isolating and they feel they’re struggling but nobody is really hearing them,” Gardner said.
“They feel voiceless.”
Joined by Tamworth Regional Council mayor Col Murray and musician Adam Brand, Stefanovic and Gardner saw first hand the impact the drought is having on local families.
“The rain is far from enough, I was just speaking to a farmer who said they need at least 30ml’s for it to really make a difference,” Gardner said.
“To be able to relay to them that we are listening, we are shining a light on it, I think we’re educating urban Australia that we need farmers.
“It’s really helping to galvanise the country as a whole and it’s certainly got the politicians sitting up and taking notice.”
Member for New England Barnaby Joyce stopped by and local school children told the hosts about how the drought has impacted them.
Nundle farmer Jared Doyle told the hosts there are a number of farmers who won’t see an income until January 2020.
“If we’re going to talk about drought in our news bulletins it’s essential we come and see it for ourselves,” Gardner said.