History of Drought in NSW
During the second half of the 19th century increased population and droughts led to increasing the intensity of farming and attempts to ‘drought proof’ agriculture through the expansion of irrigation.
- 1895 – 1903 – Federation Drought
- 1937 – 1945 – World War II Drought
- 2001- 2010 – Millenium Drought
While there are localised drought events in parts of the state or country, the most recent major drought events were: In addition to these multi-year droughts, there have been a number of short, intense droughts (e.g., 1914-1915, 1965-1967, 1982-1983).
Mental Health & Drought
Everyone needs to be aware of the mental health of their neighbour, mate and best friend, through these tough times. Keep an eye out, ask that important question. Are You Ok,? How Are Coping? Just Remember You Are Not Alone. Everyone is Hurting. #Don’tgiveup.
Drought in NSW
With a variable climate, drought has been a constant and inevitable feature of the NSW landscape. Dry conditions should be considered in the same light as other business risks.
Over time, NSW has moved away from treating droughts as natural disasters that require emergency responses. Planning for dry conditions over the long-term is the most effective way to prepare for drought and other downturns.
The current drought began in NSW in mid – 2017 and it is equivalent to a major drought event on the long term historical record (100 years).