Qld ral­lies to help gra­ziers

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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