Charleville grazier's desperate plea to Supreme Court
A CATTLE farmer facing loss of his property has made an impassioned plea to three Court of Appeal judges not to underestimate the meaning and impact of drought.
Dan McDonald, who in 2017 was ordered to pay $112,468 in fines and costs for harvesting mulga scrub to feed starving cows, was appealing his conviction and sentence last Wednesday.
"My wish is that no one in this room would ever have to experience the soul-destroying impacts of drought, continuous, prolonged, severe drought," Mr McDonald, 47, told the court.
"Drought is not just dry weather. Drought is debili- tating... it is crushing and it goes on and on and on."