The Drought Ride



Farmers are facing ruin across New South Wales in what some are calling the worst drought in living memory, with costs of stock feed and transport spiralling. Large swathes of eastern Australia have been in drought for periods ranging from a year to seven years, with the record dry conditions prompting calls for further federal and state measures.

The length and severity of drought conditions currently being experienced have a significant impact on businesses and particularly the country’s farmers. Over the last fourty years, the climate in Australia has been rapidly warming, resulting in an increase in extreme heat events and rainfall deficiencies. Farmers and other businesses in the region are analysing weather trends and beginning to identify ways to adapt their practices to accommodate for the changing climate.

THE DROUGHT RIDE is an intiative aimed at bringing together the cycling community in a supportive event that rides directly through some of the hardest hit landscapes and communities bringing both financial relief and a morale boosting presence. Cyclists are renowned for stepping up and offering aid and further showing their commitment through time dedicated to training in order to raise funds where needed.


"I have lived here since 1982 and there have been some very tough times and droughts, but this is by far the worst I have ever seen our farm. What concerns me most is the widespread nature of it – from where are we to source grain even if we can afford it? We had no harvest last year and none this year along with most other farmers in south-east Australia.

We, my husband and kids and I, have worked very hard all our working lives to improve the land and our sheep enterprise. It is very hard to see the state of the land now. Many farmers cannot take a break because of the constant feeding of stock and are pretty exhausted".

The video and story above is from an article in The Guardian by Michael McGowan



FIND OUT MORE We invite you to read about our two day cycle event and hope you'll be riding with us in November

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The Truth about Teens and Privacy

Social media has introduced a new dimension to the well-worn fights over private space and personal expression. Teens do not want their parents to view their online profiles or look over their shoulder when they’re chatting with friends. Parents are no longer simply worried about what their children wear out of the house but what they photograph themselves wearing in their bedroom to post online. Interactions that were previously invisible to adults suddenly have traces, prompting parents to fret over.

Here are some of the ways you may be already being hacked:

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This movie was a disappointment. The Muppets do not take Manhattan at all. They merely visit it.
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By Daniele Zedda   •   18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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