Alpha is a very small Western community currently suffering through a period of severe drought as are many of our neighbours. Property Owners who have lived and worked in the area since the late 40’s all agree that this is the worst drought they have ever experienced.
As Alpha relies on the farmers to support our community and local businesses, it follows that when they have a good year, the whole town does. When the farming community suffer so does everyone else.
The lack of rain along with the ongoing uncertainty as to when it might rain has caused a lot of depression in town. Our farmers struggle daily with this concern, without resolution. They wake up in the morning and look out the window and see the dust bowls, their starving stock and no rain in sight. They pray for rain every day and must put on a brave face for their families and kids. There is no escape for them as they work, live and breathe their properties.
The additional burden placed on small communities like Alpha, and the few businesses still remaining, means that when our farmers don’t shop, our businesses suffer.
As a community we have formed an ongoing project called Beat the Bush Blues. We have organised drought relief for the farmers, we work in with the Lions and other organisations to help the farmers and community members who are struggling through these very hard times.
We have organised food drops, vouchers for fuel, and supply drinking water to those that have run out. We have run several events at Alpha and Jericho to try and help with mental health support of the farmers and their families.
Alpha is a very proud town and has a long history of hardship and mateship. Our farmers keep their heads high even if they are walking through dust and are always the first to offer help to their neighbours. Sadly, they are also the last ones to put their hands up asking for such help as they are very proud individuals and believe it is a sign of weakness.
The Annual Xmas Lolly drop that the Emergency Services organise for our little community. The photo includes members of the Alpha Police, Fire brigade, SES and Hospital / Ambulance.