Leading rural charity Rural Aid has started an extra-ordinary hay drop in the Winton area. More than 300 tonnes of hay will be distributed to farmers this week alone.
Rural Aid CEO John Warlters said there was still a significant need for hay in regions that haven’t been fortunate enough to receive recent rain.
“Two thirds of Queensland is still drought-declared and the Central West is no exception. Rural Aid will provide more than 430 bales to Winton farmers over the next two weeks.”
Mr Warlters said the scale of this Rural Aid operation is far more concentrated than the charity’s hay-drops in recent months.
More than 20 farmers are expected to benefit from the hay run, with at least six road trains due to pull into Winton in coming days.
Mr Warlters said generous donations from everyday Aussies had made the Outback mission possible.
“Rural Aid simply couldn’t deliver the hay, drinking water, financial assistance and mental wellbeing counselling that it does, without our wonderful donors. Thank you to all those who support Rural Aid – your donations make a real difference in farmers’ lives.”
This year, Rural Aid has already delivered more than 800 tonnes of hay across Queensland. Rural Aid hay trucks have travelled from Gwambegwine to Gladfield to The Gums and dozens of towns in between. Rural Aid is encouraging farmers in need of hay to get in touch via the Rural Aid website www.ruralaid.org.au or by calling 1300 327 624.
For more information on this hay run, please contact Rural Aid media on 0447 116 757 or email@example.com
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