NSW Governor pays a visit to Wollondilly farmers

Impressed: The NSW Governor came out to Oakdale to visit farmers and members from the Dilly Drought Drive last week. Picture: Simon Bennett
Impressed: The NSW Governor came out to Oakdale to visit farmers and members from the Dilly Drought Drive last week. Picture: Simon Bennett

Wollondilly farmers welcomed a special visitor last week.

NSW Governor Margaret Beazley visited the region to meet farmers and hear about the work of the Dilly Drought Drive.

Dilly Drought Drive founder Sharon Robertson said it was a pleasure having Governor Beazley visit.

"It was really good of her to come and see how the drought has affect the shire," she said.

"A lot of people that live in Sydney don't realise just how badly the drought has affected us.

"The governor said that too - she said she didn't know that the drought had hit so close to the city."

Ms Robertson said the meeting was also a chance for Governor Beazley to learn about the Dilly Drought Drive.

"She said she was really impressed with what we had managed to achieve with just the two of us and our two farm liaisons running the drought drive," she said.

"We worked out that we had raised more than $1 million in funds and donated goods in the past two years."

Ms Robertson encouraged locals to keep donating to the drought drive.

"While we've had the recent rain if we don't get anymore over the next six months it will all be dry again," she said.

"The recovery time for our farmers with animals is about five years and for those with orchards or crops it could take about 10 years."

Donate to the Dilly Drought Drive via these account details: Dilly Drought Drive Rural Aid, BSB: 114 879, account number: 415 417 799