Three years into a state-wide drought, they weren’t just frustrated by the lack of rainfall, they were disappointed by the absence of serious solutions to help prevent and ease the now dire situation.
For some, this is their first experience of drought. But for all, it won’t be their last.
“This drought came on fast and strong. We were only just beginning to recover from the Millennium Drought,” said Tameka O’Donnell, a 25-year-old Barkandji woman originally from Broken Hill.
“We have to ask, what, in concrete terms, was done in the meantime? What strategies, what water infrastructure? Unless we commit to long-term action, we will be having this conversation over and over again.”
“We were only just beginning to
recover from the Millennium Drought."