A Sydney RSL Club donated $100,000 to the Walcha and Bingara communities on Tuesday night and an emotional thank you came from a Walcha grazier who says the area is facing the beginning of a financial drought.
Seven Hills-Toongabbie RSL financial manager Anthony Holmes said his club's board wanted to contribute to drought and bushfire relief.
"Some of our members have personal connections to both areas, and we also discovered that Walcha and Bingara were the first two drought-declared areas in NSW, so it was a no brainer," Mr Holmes said.
Rotarian and grazier Rob Blomfield expressed his heartfelt thanks on behalf of the farming community and said while it now looks green around Walcha the hard times are just beginning.
"Most of us have lost our introduced pastures and to replace that is huge,' Mr Blomfield said.
"We probably only have 25 percent of cattle and 50 percent of the sheep left in the Walcha district now so every farming business in this area is highly compromised and it's going to take anything up to 10 years for this community to get back up to par."
Mr Blomfield went on to say that the impact of the reduction in livestock is that every business in town is suffering and is going to continue to suffer.
We've had the physical drought and the money drought is about to startRob Blomfield
"We've had the physical drought, and the money drought is about to start," he said.
"Every farming business in this district is only going to have 30 to 40 per cent of its average gross income this year - that's pretty scary, and that is going to flow through the community.
"So for you to come here and put $50,000 into the community via the farming community ( which will hopefully be spent in this district to boost all the local businesses ) I mean words can't express - it's really special."
Seven Hills -Toongabbie RSL president Barry Wilson said it was the club's absolute pleasure to donate.
"You hear it on the news how bad it is but you don't get the full knowledge of what's going on. We decided to do something and donate directly rather than through a charity.
"It's only a small amount, but it's the best we can do at the moment - we're in a position to do it, and we are happy to do it."