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#scottmorrisonwhereareyou social media campaign launched to highlight drought

TRENDING: #scottmorrisonwhereareyou social media campaign launched to highlight drought. Photo: THE WEST IS WAITING INSTAGRAM
TRENDING: #scottmorrisonwhereareyou social media campaign launched to highlight drought. Photo: THE WEST IS WAITING INSTAGRAM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given no indication he'll be returning out west, despite a viral campaigning calling for him to do so.

People behind an Instagram page are flooding social media with images of people, places and business affected by drought aiming to capture the eyes and ears of the country's politicians.

Since the page 'The West is Waiting' went live on Monday, September 16, the account has attracted over 2700 followers.

People are being encouraged to take a photo of how the drought is affecting them with the hashtag #scottmorrisonwhereareyou with the hope the Prime Minister will visit the region and offer support.

When asked about his response to the campaign, a spokesperson for Mr Morrison said no NSW community would run out of water in the next six months.

They also said that NSW has invested in bores and pipelines to secure town water supplies in the short term and would work closely with the NSW government on what will be required beyond that.

"We can't make it rain, but we are working to build drought resilience for today and the future," the spokesperson for the Prime Minister said.

"The Prime Minister and our government understand how tough communities are doing it. That's why we have been boosting our support to deliver immediate relief and working to plan for the future."

The spokesperson said a key focus for the government had been boosting the responsiveness and turnaround of getting their cash and support into communities as quickly and effectively as possible through schemes such as the Future Drought Fund.

Yet the campaign, which is believed to have started in the central west, is still advocating for more to be done as people suffer from one of the worst droughts in living memory.

"What help do we want? financial help," a post explained.

"Pats on the backs and bush spirit are no longer enough to keep the doors open.

#scottmorrisonwhereareyou social media campaign launched to highlight drought. Photo: THE WEST IS WAITING INSTAGRAM

#scottmorrisonwhereareyou social media campaign launched to highlight drought. Photo: THE WEST IS WAITING INSTAGRAM

"This movement is for the people and by the people. It shows no boundaries or limits. If you are affected physically, emotionally, financially or mentally, this is for you.

"Big businesses, small businesses, communities, farms and townships, this is for you."

Agriculture minister Adam Marshall also responded to the campaign and agreed Australia is in the midst of the worst drought in living memory.

So far he said that while the NSW government has announced more than $1.8 billion to help rural and regional communities, there is "definitely" space for the federal government to support those affected by drought.

"I am acutely aware of just how devastating this drought is and have seen the impacts first-hand through my regular visits to farmers in my electorate and across the state," he said.

"NSW is taking the lead on drought funding, including chipping in $2 million to kick-start a nation-wide income protection scheme to safeguard farmers from the financial impacts of future droughts.

"There is definitely room for the federal government to step up in this place, and I am optimistic our federal counterparts will take meaningful action."

On Monday, September 23 the group is encouraging people to have this sign in their windows, on mailboxes, and written in the dust on their cars.

The page is also asking people for their suggestions on what help is needed.

"It's easy to say we want help, but if the help arrives, in what form do we want it?," the page posted.

"We want our ethos to reflect our thoughts as a community. So, what do we want?

"We ask you this, if Prime Minister Scott Morrison turned up at your front door and asked what he could do to help, what would you say? Send us a message and let us know."