Natasha Johnston

Founder and Director of Drought Angels

QLDState RecipientLocal Hero2021

Natasha Johnston is the founder and director of a service that delivers care packages and financial assistance to thousands of drought-stricken farming families across Queensland and New South Wales.

Natasha and her friend Nicki Blackwell were inspired to help after hearing stories of farmers struggling to put food on the table. After loading a ute with supplies to take to one family in 2014, they soon started responding to calls for assistance from other families in urgent need. 

Drought Angels is a unique service that provides a listening ear in addition to financial assistance and food hampers. This personalised support is a lifeline for farmers who often don’t reach out for help.

Natasha’s work plays a vital role in reducing rates of depression and suicide, as well as helping to keep farmers on their land.

Thanks to her hard work and dedication, Natasha frequently receives heartfelt responses of gratitude.