We urgently need help today
Our hearts are broken. Coonamble and outback NSW is trying to rebuild from the worst drought in Australian recorded history. The first good season and now they are overrun with Mice. I can only imagine how hard this must be, their harvest ruined due to the mice. Stock food destroyed. Houses being damaged because the mice are eating concrete foundations!
This community and surrounds were already struggling financially and emotionally. Now they are overrun with mice.
They are reaching out to us for help.
Can you help, as now we have floods cutting off roads and access to deal with the mice. If you are able to volunteer can you register your interest so when we are able to show up we can. We cannot do it without you.
“the mental wellbeing of everyone is a huge concern as they continue to deal with the mess, smell and damage caused by the mice plague on a daily basis”
-Al Karanouh- Mayor of Coonamble
“residents’ health may be in jeopardy if the situation worsens or continues for the longer term.”
There has been no government support. As they refuse to declare it a plague, the volume of mice is so large that residents are finding them chewing into concrete foundations, inside water tanks, chewing their way into the local chemist’s stock, eating their way through stored hay and reducing it to nothing but powder. One farmer estimates he has killed 35,000 mice in the past 10 weeks.
We are watching closely as the events unfold. Regardless of mice or floods these communities need our full support and we can’t do that without your help.
Contains confronting images, full video here: Guardian mouse plague footage