Help for rural com­mu­ni­ties

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - REXINE HAWES

Moore said be­ing so close to win­ter, frosts are an is­sue, as is grass re-growth.

He said where wa­ter cov­ered 80 per cent of farms, it could take six months to a year for grass to re-grow.

He said while older and more ex­pe­ri­enced farm­ers have faced floods and re­cov­ered, it’s not the same for every­one.

‘‘Peo­ple have faced floods in the past and they just deal with it.

‘‘They are cool, calm and col­lected, they have seen it all be­fore.’’

He said two cy­clones back to back is much worse than a ‘nor­mal event’ and the fi­nan­cial pres- sure could be bur­den­some.

‘‘The fi­nan­cial pres­sure over the last three years and the spring we had in 2016-17 sea­son will have im­pact on some farm­ers per­sonal well be­ing.

‘‘Rural Sup­port Trust has been get­ting phone calls, farm­ers do know the help is there. If peo­ple aren’t ring­ing for help, they need to. They have to ac­cept help, not try to do it them­selves.

‘‘We are a staunch com­mu­nity, we do need to say, I can’t do it all my­self.’’

Ben Moore, Fed­er­ated Farm­ers.

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