"There isn't a person in the state that isn't hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities", Niall Blair, minister for primary industries, said in a statement.
A smattering of rain earlier this week did little to ease one of the driest starts to the year on record, turning pastures to dust and destroying huge areas of grazing and crop lands. "We see this as probably the worst possible outcome for the kangaroo, but I've got to emphasise we do understand the plight that farmers are in", Borda said.
The entire state of New South Wales is now impacted by drought as extreme measures including water restrictions are tightened in a bid to combat the crisis.
Unable to feed their livestock, many have been forced to sell or slaughter stock, sending the cattle industry into a decline that could take years to recover.
But Ray Borda, president of the Kangaroo Industries Association of Australia, which represents commercial shooters who hunt kangaroos for meat and leather said: "Anybody on the land that will make a phone call to the Department of Environment can get permission to shoot nearly whatever they want to shoot and it's unaudited and unchecked and that's our concern animal welfare", Borda told Australian Broadcasting Corp.
"The land is too dry".
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The Bureau of Meteorology's latest climate outlook for the next three months is predicting high chances of warmer and drier conditions over the drought-affected regions.
"This increase will give farming families what they sorely lack during drought-cash income".
There has also been a growing national conversation about the mental health toll that the drought has had on farmers. In India, four indicators are usually applied to declare a drought.
Though Australia has long suffered from spells of drought, other parts of the world are now experiencing extreme weather which experts say is evidence of the Earth's changing climate.
NSW Farmers' Association president James Jackson welcomed the government measures, but cautioned it was vital to ensure ongoing support, particularly to address mental health.