Today Show swings into southwest town
IMAGES of Thallon were beamed live into people's living rooms on Thursday, as Today Show host, Karl Stefanovic heard stories from locals affected by extreme drought conditions.
Mr Stefanovic enjoyed a beer with locals at the Francis Hotel on Wednesday night before crossing live yesterday in front of the iconic painted wheat silos which have become a signature of the small town.
Speaking to The Western Star, Mr Stefanovic said coverage of the drought had been long overdue.
"We've been monitoring the situation for a while but I suppose it gets to the point where you need to devote more time and energy,” he said.
"I think it's fair to say everyone was slow off the mark in terms of the concentrated coverage - as were our politicians - but now we've got out there and had a look, I think everyone living in the city can finally see how bad it is.”
With so many examples of hardship emerging from drought-affected families, Mr Stefanovic said he wanted to help get the message across.
"Mainly for my purposes, I just want to come out and tell stories of what people are going through,” he said.
"I've been exposed to a number of droughts and this is the worst I've seen so people need to be aware.
"It's what we do as journalists, what we should be doing and what should have been done years ago.”
Mr Stefanovic commented on the durability and resilience of locals who were struggling with the conditions.
"When you talk to these people and you see how hard they work, how much feed it takes because there's no grain or grass, every bit of help counts,” he said.
"I can't fathom how you keep going when you have no income for another year.”