Today Show visits Dubbo Showground for drought appeal telethon

Hay, thanks for helping: Croc wrangler Matt Wright was at the Dubbo Showgrounds for the drought relief telethon. Photo: Taylor Jurd.
Hay, thanks for helping: Croc wrangler Matt Wright was at the Dubbo Showgrounds for the drought relief telethon. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

 Croc wrangler Matt Wright knows first-hand how resilient Australian farmers are.

The television personality used to work on a central west cattle station many years ago.

He was in Dubbo on Monday morning as part of Channel Nine’s ‘Farm Aid’ Telethon to raise money for drought stricken farmers.

Earlier this month, Channel Nine partnered with The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and Rotary Australia on a national fundraising drive called ‘Fighting for our farmers – Drought Relief Appeal.’

Other Australian celebrity’s turned out in droves for the day, including Doctor Doctor star Rodger Corser and Shannon Noll.

“You put your heart and soul into these properties  and sometimes you get good times, sometimes you get bad times,” Mr Wright said.

“When you’ve got a decent property and livestock running around you don’t get much of a break. So there’s nothing worse than being in drought , or flood. You get knocked down.

“But the old Aussie spirit in the farmer is quite resilient.”

Mr Wright said it was important the government look after their farmers.

“Aussie farmers just battle along and they don’t say much, they just get the job done,” he said.

“Which isn’t fair because they are the backbone of the country and they sweat and bleed for the country to make it what it is and it’s important for us to prop them up.”

But with the ‘Farm Aid’ Telethon in Dubbo and continued media attention on the drought, Mr Wright said he believes it will.

“We’ve just got to keep the momentum going and make sure we ride the wave out with the farmers,” he said.