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‘These towns are gonna die’: Drought affected NSW desperate for rain

Regional New South Wales is crying out for help after missing out on heavy rainfall lashing parts of the state. 

The NSW Central West and Hunter Valley have both received a drenching, the first significant rainfall for some areas since early May.

But further north at Dubbo and Walgett there hasn’t been a drop of rain.

Walgett farmer Jamie Warden tells Ben Fordham they are envious of the coast.

“It doesn’t look good for us… the dust storms are really out of control.

“I really hope that our Prime Minister and Michael McCormack are listening here because we are one summer away from a major catastrophe on the eastern seaboard.

“Let’s start funnelling some water back into the Murray Darling Basin because if you don’t these towns are gonna die.”

Chair of the Orange Branch of NSW Farmers Bruce Reynolds says they received about 20mm of rain in the last 24 hours.

“We’re fairing a bit better but there’s no water in the dams.

“If we don’t get rain in the next week to ten days there will be pretty well next to no cereal crop harvested through a lot of central NSW.”

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Mayor of Tenterfield Shire Council Peter Petty says the last time they had any rain was earlier in the year.

But Deputy Mayor of Mid-Western Regional Council Sam Paine tells Ben they had a steady full day of rain.

“We couldn’t have asked for anything better. That’s more rain than we had all the way through winter.”