Qld rallies to help graziers
GRAZIERS in Queensland’s Northern Gulf region are struggling to keep stock alive after devastating fires across most of the region.
Twelve property owners across the Etheridge Shire had more than 70% of their pastures burnt out after the fires were reportedly jumping from tree to tree across the dry landscape.
It is estimated more than one million acres across the shire have been burnt out.
However the devastation doesn’t stop there, with neighbouring Croydon Shire reporting similar figures.
Graziers have lost thousands of head of cattle in the fires and are at risk of losing many more if there isn’t good rain across the region.
North Queensland has rallied together to help those affected with hay and lick blocks being transported from across the north to Georgetown for distribution to affected properties.
After visiting fire-affected properties, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh called for Queenslanders to help graziers buy fodder for their herds.
Mr McVeigh launched the FarNorth Queensland Bushfire Appeal with a $100,000 donation from the State Government while in Georgetown.
“The recent fires have caused damage to a number of beef properties in the Croydon and Etheridge Shire,” Mr McVeigh said.
“Everyone is doing their bit to help. I understand the CWA has donated $20,000 and Wellards is helping out with discounted hay, while Whites Transport has agreed to transport it at a discount.
“Also contributing is Aussie Helpers which has donated 1200 bales valued at $36,000, the Salvation Army has donated $50,000 cash, Stocklick Trading will make a significant discount on its supplements, and I am informed the Catholic Church also intends to make donations.
“The Atherton Rotary Club has access to pasture suitable for baling and has donated the baling, cost of the hay and transport to burned-out properties. The club has also made cash donations directly to families devastated by the fires.
“This sort of community spirit and resilience is a great example of Queenslanders backing each other up and helping themselves in the face of hardship.”
■ Anyone wanting to contribute to the appeal can make donations to the Bendigo Bank, FarNorth Queensland Bushfire Appeal. BSB – 633000. Account – 147569446.
For further information contact the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group on 4062 1330.