Each week we aim to bring you the latest rural stories that have been making news across western NSW.
There has been plenty of media attention on just where donations are going to charities who are providing drought support, with speculation that money is being spent on wages and not farmers.
The Western Magazine spoke to charities who have been providing support to drought affected farmers and communities.
The Cobber Dog Challenge is well underway, with some competitors already clocking up more than 200 kilometres of work.
Rural charities defend themselves against public speculation:
Graham Cockerell, founder of Need for Feed, which is a project of the Lions Club said 100 per cent of what people donate goes in aid to farmers, whether that be through purchasing fodder or providing transport for it.
Rapid Relief Team say all of the public donations for the WA trip went to farmers:
There has been allegations against Western Australian rural charity Rapid Relief Team, which recently delivered 2000 bales of hay to central west farmers.
Vinnies, Red Cross respond to questions regarding drought donations:
Two of Australia’s leading charity organisations, the St Vincent de Paul Society and Australian Red Cross have each responded to questions put forward by the Western Magazine.
Both launched their own state-wide drought appeal.
Man’s best friend put to the ultimate test:
Working dogs across Australia have been put to the test in this year’s Cobber Dog Challenge.
Destination Outback help struggling farmers with welcome donation:
A group of volunteers presented a cheque of $10,000 to Channel Nine, to help assist drought affected farmers.
Shannon Noll performs for drought relief telethon:
Former Australian Idol contestant, Shannon Noll, sang ‘What About Me’ for fans during the Today Show’s live Farm Aid Telethon broadcast.
It has been a troubling few weeks for the singer when he was involved in an on-stage incident at this year’s Duck Creek Races. But it seems he has put all that behind him.
Croc wrangler shares his story about life on the land:
Matt Wright knows first-hand how resilient Australian farmers are.
Australians wait with baited breath for rain:
In Bill Tatt’s latest column, he reports that the first rain band may be followed by at least two more fronts that may bring that much needed follow up rain.