Gloucester has become the second town in the Hunter Region to run out of water

Matthew Kelly
By Matthew Kelly
Updated August 31 2020 - 9:05am, first published January 3 2020 - 6:30pm
Searching for answers: Chris and James McRae walking through one of 12 dried out watering holes on their dairy farm. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Gloucester dairy farmer Chris McRae has pretty much seen it all during his 40 years on the land. Yet as he makes his way down a parched hillside on Raelands Farm towards a shrivelled and cracked waterhole, he concedes things have never been drier.

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Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly

Journalist

Matthew Kelly has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. He has been working as a general reporter at the Newcastle Herald since 2018. In recent years he has reported on subjects including environment, energy, water security, manufacturing and higher education. He has previously covered issues including the health and environmental impacts of uncovered coal wagons in the Hunter Valley, the pollution of legacy of former industrial sites and freedom of information issues.