Supporting small rural communities impacted by drought

Rural Aid has announced the winners of their inaugural Ten Town Makeover initiative which aims to highlight the impact of one of the worst droughts in history on small country towns.

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How would you like to own a painting by an artist with work in the Royal Collection and British Museum? Dr Ralph Lillford’s estate is donating 50% of proceeds from a stunning collection of his work to Rural Aid from an auction to support our farmers.

Born in the UK, Dr Ralph Lillford has spent the last 20 years in Australia and his generous donation to Rural Aid to support Australian farmers and rural communities is his legacy to his adopted country. 50% of proceeds will benefit our disaster relief program, which supplies water, hay and financial assistance to Australia’s farming families in the areas hit hardest by drought.

Place your bids now – bidding concludes Sunday November 17 2019 at 5pm.

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download the RK&T app from to see the full collection or make a bid.

Help for drought affected communities

The NSW Government is helping communities through drought with a range of subsidies, loans, waivers and other support. Our Cost of Living appointments at regional Service NSW Centres can walk you through the savings available, and how to apply. For more information, to apply or to book an appointment, click here.

Through our partnership with Rural Aid, you can also support our farmers by making a cash donation at any Service NSW Centre, or by clicking here. 


Rural Aid has created an amazing new way to shower you with knowledge of rural communities, the agricultural industry and country life.

Each level of the game gives points for grass collection until the player wishes to redeem for Rural Aid merchandise.

As you make your way through the levels, you will learn the in and outs of making hay bales and hurdles our farmers face.

To play the game, visit:

Join In for Parma for a Farmer

With many farmers suffering through one of the  worst Droughts Australia has experienced; Parma for a Framer is an effort to help raise money for those in the need.

Parma for a farmer is an initiative that sees clubs and hotels donate proceeds from parma sales to help drought stricken farmers.

Parma For A Farmer is an exciting initiative to engage with hotels, clubs, restaurants, eateries across Australia who have agreed to give $1 for every parm sold to our Buy a Bale Campaign.

Register for Parma for a Farmer…

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“This hay is a godsend” – Rick Carlson

With NSW, Australia, drought declared 100% in August 2018.

More than 4000 farmers across the nation have registered for assistance with Rural Aid.

Everyone needs to talk sometime

As humans, we are connected, in more ways than just genetics.
It’s those connections that bring communities together when faced with adversity – fires, floods, storms and droughts.

The kindness of strangers

Many farmers across Australia are facing some of the most difficult conditions to continue operating their business in. Global commodity prices, export issues, weather extremes and marginal profits – and that’s all out of their control.