This year we decided to do a wrap of of the latest rural stories that made headlines across the western SW region.
We’ve covered many stories this year, from the NZ mulesing ban making waves in the central west, to climate change, sexual harrassment in regional workplaces and even a former dairy farmer changing carers and becoming a beautician.
This week will be the final ‘Rural Wrap-Up’ for 2018 as the Western Magazine will close over the Christmas and New Year season.
We are looking forward to bringing you more stories in 2019.
Winner announced in the 2018 Western Magazine Harvest Photo Competition:
A few weeks ago we put a call out to our readers asking for them to send in their harvest photos for our annual photography competition. We were overwhelmed with the 51 entries and 68 votes.
The winner of this year’s competition, with an overwhelming majority of 21 votes was ‘The Kulin Harvest Eagle’, taken December 1, 2018, and sent in by Michael Eldridge, from WA.
Drought affected youth reach out to find support during dry times:
In order to help youths affected by one of the worst droughts Australia has seen in the past century, a leading online mental health organisation has created a ‘digital’ care package.
New mental health project needs an ‘army of gatekeepers’:
Lifeline Central West aim to hold in-depth mental health workshops during in the new year to create an ‘army of gatekeepers’.
The workshops will give people, who are directly linked to drought affected farmers, the confidence and knowledge to notice when something was wrong and encourage them to get help.
Thunderstorms and dust storms moving across the region | Photos:
A thunderstorm lashed some parts of the Central West this week, with some areas also experiencing a huge dust storm.
The Bureau of Meteorology recorded wind gusts at Coonamble Airport of 107km/h.