The rural wrap: regulator works with charities, on-farm death rise

Each week we aim to bring you the latest rural stories that have been making news across western NSW.

There has been plenty happening this week, with the announcement that the national charity regulator is working with two rural relief charities, to a singer penning a song on mental health.

We’ve got you covered in this week’s rural wrap.

Rural Aid, Aussie Helpers respond to working with ACNC regulator:

(left) Aussie Helpers, Brian Egan and (right) Rural Aid's Charles Alder.

(left) Aussie Helpers, Brian Egan and (right) Rural Aid's Charles Alder.

Two drought charities have responded to questions after it was revealed the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was working with them after concerns were raised about their operations.

Band Together Farmers festival to raise awareness, funds of the drought and mental health:

Hoodoo Gurus. Photo: Supplied.

Hoodoo Gurus. Photo: Supplied.

The central west community plus some of Australia’s legendary rockers will band together for farmers this month to help raise much needed awareness and funds for rural mental health.

Quads, tractors, motorbikes, the leading cause of on-farm deaths:

During January 1 to September 30, 2018, there were four fatalities from quads. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

During January 1 to September 30, 2018, there were four fatalities from quads. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

The Australian Farm Deaths and Injuries Media Monitors Snapshot January 1 – September 30, 2018, reported the 49 fatal on-farm cases is higher than the corresponding period in 2017, with 45 deaths.

Flannos for Farmers dance aims to raise drought funds:

Tracy Hanna. Photo: Paige Williams.

Tracy Hanna. Photo: Paige Williams.

The Zumba Kids Fun in Your Flannos for Farmers will potentially see hundreds of students across the region dance to raise money for drought affected farmers.

Western NSW singers aims to ignite a discussion about mental health with new song:

Singer Fanny Lumsden, hopes her new song ‘Real Men Don’t Cry (War On Pride)’ gets people talking about their mental health. Photo: Supplied.

Singer Fanny Lumsden, hopes her new song ‘Real Men Don’t Cry (War On Pride)’ gets people talking about their mental health. Photo: Supplied.

Growing up on a farm during the millennial drought in western NSW, Edwina Lumsden, saw first-hand the toll it took on rural communities.

Her new song aims to spark a discussion on mental health and to let people know it’s okay to ask for help.

Rain event will enhance the prospect for hay:

Bill Tatt (pictured). Photo: Supplied.

Bill Tatt (pictured). Photo: Supplied.

The rain whilst widespread has still managed to miss many parts of the state but those areas under moderate falls will find this rain event very beneficial at this time of the year.

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