IT APPEARS the well has run dry.
Tamworth’s own drought appeal – R U Aware, We Care – has called time.
But the drought drags on and the farmers continue to toil.
The title might have been ungainly, but the cause was true and just.
While there is no shortage of causes in this often cruel world, as well as people in need, the compassion and generosity shown for the farmers came with unquestioned vehemence.
Perhaps that was because everyone has a stake in agriculture.
It’s the food in our bellies.
As we’ve seen, generosity can be exhausted so the hand cannot be extended forever, but compassion is an endless resource.
This drought is punishing, but it has a lesson.
It’s that compassion can be called on at any time.
Disadvantage, inequality and hate exist and they permeate many corners of our community.
We’ve proved we care, so show it all the time.
If someone’s down, for whatever reason, lift them up – it’s what we do.
Also, the R U Aware, We Care organisers are right to shift the burden to the state and federal government and it’s an opportune time to do it.
Our dams are drying and the heat was unprecedented last year.
It’s time for all levels of government to show they care about what is happening to the environment.
While relief has been proffered in the form of financial assistance, they need to address the unending irregularity in the climate.
With two elections this year, it’s the perfect time and place to demand action.
But the drought is not over.
And farmers still need support.
Willpower alone won’t break the drought, but the community can drive change to help the situation.
Supermarkets need to start paying their producers fairly.
No more grovelling levies on milk, no more price wars; just pay the farmers, no matter what they produce, a fair price.