Drought

New NSW Drought Coorindator and according to the NSW DPI drought conditions have re-intensified

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NSW now has a new drought coordinator after Pip Job's six-month tenure came to an end. 

The NSW Government has announced Jock Laurie, the state's Land and Water Commissioner will now take on the role leading what the government says is the second phase of their emergency drought response. 

Jock Laurie takes on the role after former National Rural Woman of the Year Pip Job who began the role in May.

“Pip has been the NSW Government’s ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground, making sure every region had a voice, and was critical to the design of the Emergency Drought Package,” Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said.

“She has travelled from Tamworth to Temora, Broken Hill to Bathurst and everywhere in between to ensure the Government, struggling farmers and rural communities are working together as best as we can while we get through this difficult period."

“I would like to thank Pip for leading the first phase of our emergency drought response. Her dedication and commitment has ensured our farmers know we are standing side by side with them.”

“As a true friend of our farmers, Mr Laurie’s advocacy, understanding of the need to protect soil and water, as well as strong relationships with all levels of government stand him in good stead to fulfil this critical role," said Niall Blair.

“He will oversee the implementation of the Government’s drought relief measures to make sure the right assistance is reaching those most in need."

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Meantime the NSW Department of Primary Industries has released their seasonal update for November for drought conditions across the state. 

The update shows that conditions have re-intensified across much of NSW particularly in the west of the state despite isolated rainfall.

Farmers and produces will remain on high alert hand feeding stock and facing stock water shortages.

DPI’s Leader of Climate Applications and Digital Agriculture, Anthony Clark said on ground conditions are highly complex, due to storm rainfall patterns that have been passing across NSW.

“Areas around Walgett, Coonamble and Broken Hill received low rainfall in November and have now experienced prolonged intense agronomic dry conditions for over 12 months,” Dr Clark said.

“The continuation of the drought means stock water levels remain critically low across large parts of NSW, particularly in the Western, North West and Central West regions."

“During November, scattered storms provided above 100mm in the Central Tablelands, Greater Sydney and South East regions, with high falls also recorded in the Alpine zone."

“Isolated areas in parts of the coastal Hinterland, southern Central and Northern Tablelands are faring better than most with positive signs of strong pasture growth."

Nearly 38 per cent of the Hunter region remains in Intense Drought.

Image credit: Grant Broadcasters/Jessica Rouse and NSW DPI