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Community charity most powerful as nation deals with drought

by admin on 17/12/2018

Many helping hands for farmers in need Truck driver, Lincoln Ferguson, Hiretrans, Perth, gets a hug from Duncan Murray, “Norwich”, Cumnock.
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Truck driver, Brad Miller, Hiretrans, Beverley, WA.

Nadia Murray, Norwich, Cumnock, unloads some of the 303 large square bales of oaten hay from Western , as part of a drought relief drive that has benefited 44 farmers. Elsewhere community fundraising efforts continue apace as fodder supplies dwindle.and producers remain committed to months of feeding.

Organiser, Nadia Murray, “Norwich”, Cumnock; RuralAid Founder, Tracy Alder, Acacia Ridge Qld; Dominos Give for Good, Director of Giving, John Harney, Brisbane Qld.

Sue O’Brien, “Simba”, Cumnock and (purple hat) Irene Murray, “Norwich”, Cumnock, with baskets of dry goods donated by Dubbo, Parkes and Orange based Woolworths.

Carol Kerr, Cumnock handing a hot chocolate to Gracie Morse, “Wongalea”, Molong

Truck driver, Lincoln Ferguson, Hiretrans, Perth.

Woolworths donated and supplied dry goods

TweetFacebookLast minute transport approvals this week allowed a convoy of four road train hay trucks from Western to turn at Tomingley and carry on, past Yeoval, and along the Banjo Patterson Way to Cumnock, in order to deliver drought relief –as long as they were given a police escort.

With lights flashing the long line-up of oaten hay from Western made its way to the Murrayfamily farm,Norwich, where 303 large square bales have since been distributed to 44 local farmers through Rural Aid and Dominoes pizza.

Local fundraiser Nadia Murray spent the last nine weeks co-ordinating the effort and said many farmers were too proud to accept help, but now that they have relinquished they were much relieved.

“This has been a very emotional time,” she said.

On the Mid North coast, Kempsey butcher Josh Ball has organised 1400 round bales of mostly dry setaria, including 300 bales from “Willeroon, a macadamia nut farm at Bowraville, and 24 tonnes of molasses from NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative.

Additional cash and kind has amassed a total $100,000 going through the Macleay Valley Hay Run and distributed through Aussie Helpers.Beneficaries have included districts around Gundy, Muccullys Gap, Attunga, Manilla and Gunnedah –where the local controller is using his military experience to make sure the charity gets to where it is needed most.

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Lions’ share of fodder at DubboSpuds to feed OrangeTransport driver Trent Whitby has donenine trips to the west with hay from Kempsey and says people are asking all the time where it comes from, as supplies are increasingly scarce.

“There’s a lot of people still months away from relief,”he said.

At Dubbo last weekend a whopping 80 truckloads of round-bale hay were delivered thanks to work by the Lions clubof

In anothercharity move, Sugar cane tops are heading from the Richmond Valley to Coonamble, with 400 large square bales at half a tonneeachand 200 round bales,expected to arrive on Friday. Aseparate load of 400 bales will also head west from the Casino district.

The Coonamble charitywill be distributed through the combined livestock agents association, which will contact farmers in need and allot hay through a ballot system.

Organiser Brian O’Farrell, Evans Head, said a fundraiser at the local bowling club raised an additional $22,500 in cash and $50,000 in kind.

“For a little community it’s got a big heart,” he said.

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Watch as 23 hay trucks roll in with drought relief from WANew heavy vehicle regulations for hay carriersThe variety of feed is getting more diverse,now that supplies of hay are shrinking, withmarket fruitand spuds included in the rations.

Daly Potato Company,Dunalley, Tasmania, donated 41tonnes of second-gradeproduct to the Orange district with the assistance of Quinns Transportand Tas Petroleum. They crossed Bass Strait before being trucked1300 kilometres to arrive last week.

The Daly family had already donated eight tonnes to the Dubbo region and are calling for donations to help send another 40 tonnes of produce to Tamworth.

Some vets are warning producers tomonitor stock when they are first eating potatoes as thesecan get stuck in their esophagus.

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