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‘It’s a bit of a lottery’: Drought-ravaged areas finally receiving some relief

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Sydney is expecting a lashing, with the forecast set to intensify before Friday.

About 35-40 millimetres is expected by the end of the day, with heaving rain and a chance of flash flooding expected overnight.

While it’s not going to be drought-breaking, some of our drought-ravaged areas are receiving precious rain.

This morning, Broken Hill saw more than 30 millimetres, their heaviest downpour in two years.

Other towns like Menindee in the state’s west had more than 50 millimetres.

National Farmers Federation CEO Tony Mahar tells Ben Fordham “any rain is good rain”.

“It’s a bit of a lottery, but it’s certainly welcome by the farmers in New South Wales.”

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It’s also been revealed regional New South Wales is paying up to $1000 more on their power bills every year than people living in the city.

“So on top of the drought, they’re also paying more to have the lights on,” says Ben.

Mr Mahar says it’s just not fair.

“Not only are you putting up with the drought conditions, but hundreds of dollars difference between rural and regional electricity users than those in urban [areas].”

Ben Fordham
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