THE FIGHT TO SUR­VIVE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - THE WEEK’S TOP SHOWS -

THIS con­tro­ver­sial series, doc­u­ment­ing the lives of those at­tempt­ing to ex­ist when faced with harsh dis­ad­van­tage, is shift­ing its fo­cus to those com­mu­ni­ties strug­gling to sur­vive Aus­tralia’s worst drought. The film­mak­ers based this series in the ru­ral heart­land of the Rive­rina district in NSW, in­tro­duc­ing view­ers to the farm­ers whose liveli­hoods have been eroded by the his­toric con­di­tions and the towns that rely on them. In the sub­urbs of Wagga Wagga, crime is ris­ing as un­em­ploy­ment soars. Drug ad­dicts turn on their neigh­bours, torch­ing an in­valu­able sup­port to two young women who ad­mit to be­ing scared about their fu­ture as moth­ers, but she and her part­ner en­cour­age a sense of fun and kind­ness to al­le­vi­ate the of­ten dis­tress­ing cir­cum­stances. Fur­ther afield, farm­ers Barry and Rosie (pic­tured) work 80-hour weeks try­ing to keep their dairy farm go­ing while also bring­ing up their lit­tle girl and boy. It is truly heart­break­ing to see the re­al­ity of the rav­ages of the drought but also to hear Barry ex­plain how he is given no ac­cess to wa­ter by the man­age­ment of the Mur­ray River wa­ter sys­tem.

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