Welcome rain, but still the rivers run low

Welcome rain, but still the rivers run low


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Another dust storm passing over Cuttabri, in north west NSW.

Another dust storm passing over Cuttabri, in north west NSW.

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Finally some rain! It's been a while. Cross everything for some follow-up.

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Finally some rain! It's been a while. Cross everything for some follow-up.

Having lived on rivers most of our lives, they are currently as low as we have seen.

As mentioned last month, this drought is shaping up to be one of the worst on record. The interesting two words in my last sentence 'on record' are pertinent at this time, because of the inference that this is not the first time a drought cycle has occurred.

Unbelievably, mysteriously, sadly there is still an element of society speaking as though this is the first drought that has ever happened.

All of those same individuals who seem to be aboard the same outrage train, are trying to point their blowtorches of blame at farmers, industries and communities who provide these same people with all of their sustainably produced food and fibre, which is the best in the world. Sad times indeed.

These are also very tough times, but instead of turning on each other we should be turning to each other.

We know from these 'records' this is not the first time we have had a drought, and it will certainly not be the last. We can ride this one out too, together.

Historically, Australians are renowned for their resilience, this one single aspect of being Australian amongst a bursting river of others is revered, respected and celebrated the world over.

Everyone responds differently in a crisis, so it is important that we assist our friends and neighbours where we can, and identify others who may also need help.

The mental health of a lot of people currently being exposed to additional unnecessary negativity, is and will be tested each day that goes by and it doesn't rain.

Fortunately there are some wonderful initiatives like www.neighboursinneed.com.au that have been developed and support services such as www.beyondblue.org.au that provide assistance.

Don't be afraid to to ask for help if you need it and don't be afraid to tell others who might not wish to speak up for themselves. Maintain initiative. It will rain soon!

Keep an eye out on the Seven network MATE TV channel for our fishing shows. Just search Josh and Jamie in your TV guides.

If you have any questions, reports from your area or if you have some fish pics (and a brief story) that you would like to see here, drop Josh Smith and Jamie Condon a line at joshandjamiefishing@gmail.com or visit www.joshandjamiefishing.com.au 

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