Youth urged to speak on drought

Forbes' Sally Downie is encouraging young people in agriculture to have their say at the UNICEF NSW youth drought summit. Photo Forbes Shire Council.
Forbes' Sally Downie is encouraging young people in agriculture to have their say at the UNICEF NSW youth drought summit. Photo Forbes Shire Council.

UNICEF wants to hear from young people living with drought.

UNICEF Australia is hosting the first NSW Youth Summit on living with drought from October 9 to 11, and inviting people aged 14 to 24 to apply to be part of it.

The summit, according to the UNICEF website, will bring young people together to discuss the challenges they face living with drought in NSW and suggest how responses can be improved.

The Summit will explore the ways decision-makers can best support children and young people to build resilience and become better prepared to reduce the negative impacts of ongoing and future drought.

Applications close Friday August 30. Go online to unicef.org.au and follow the drought summit links to find out more or apply.

Forbes farmer, Showgirl and drought coordinator Sally Downie told ABC - in an interview that is on the UNICEF website - it's an incredible opportunity.

She's encouraging young people from farms to apply to be part of it and have their voices heard.

"The young people now are the ones who are going to experience drought again and again in the future, we have to drive the future of drought policy," she said. "It is our future."

Sally believes there are many young people heavily involved in and passionate about agriculture, with skills and experience to bring to the table.

She's encouraging local young people to go online and apply to be part of the conversation.

The invitation is extended as another month has passed with below average rainfall for Forbes.

Forbes airport has recorded just 12.6mm for the month of July, that's well below our average rainfall for this time of year, 42.6mm for the month.

It comes on the back of negligible (0.2mm) rainfall in April, just 24.8mm in May and 22mm in June.

Temperatures were also a little warmer than average over the past month: Weatherzone data says our average top temperature was 16.2 degrees which is higher than our long-term average of 14.5 degrees.

We didn't break records on that front though, our warmest day was July 21 with a top of 21.4 degrees which was shy of the 21.8 degrees recorded on July 19, 2016.

We got off lightly for frosts with the coldest morning recorded at Forbes airport -2.6 this month. That's nothing like the Forbes Airport record of -6.7 degrees recorded on July 13, 1997.