Graziers in far-west New South Wales
are using government loans to prepare their properties for the arrival of rain.
It may seem counterintuitive to focus
on water storage in the middle of a drought, but that is exactly what Richard
Wilson, from Yalda Downs station, is doing.
As he quite sensibly explains,
"the only time you can clean a dam is when there's no water in it".
The Wilsons have taken advantage of
the State Government's low-interest Farm Innovation Fund loan to improve their
property's water efficiency so when it does rain, their land will stay greener
Having completely destocked, they
have decided to forfeit short-term profits from selling wool and mutton to make
a long-term investment.
"To de-silt a dam like this has
taken eight days and cost roughly $25,000. It's a big investment, but long-term
it's a very sound investment," Mr Wilson said.
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(ABC NEWS: 21/10/18)