Farmers get social
THE first Farmers’ Night at Blaze Aid’s Mundubbera camp was so popular, there are plans to make it a monthly event.
The nightwaswell attended by farmers from Eidsvold through to Gayndah who have been helped by volunteers since the January floods.
Everyone enjoyed a meal, conversation and listening to farmers and volunteers as they reported on the work being done to get primary producers back on their feet.
“For me having the volunteers there to talk towas just as important as the work they did in the firstweeks after the flood,” market farmer Don Whittman said.
“Knowing that you’re not alone and that people are willing to help not expecting any reward other than a thank-you is a wonderful thing.”
Blaze Aid coordinators Vikki Kelly and Gloria Collins organised the evening to give farmers and volunteers a chance to socialise and share their experiences with others in similar situations.
“It was a great night and a welcome outing for flood-affected farmers and their helpers,” Mrs Kelly said.
Volunteers Joe and Ellen O'Donnell (right) chatted with Mundubbera farmers helped by Blaze Aid (from left) Orm and Ev Love, Don and Selena Whittman, and Dot Ford.
(Standing from left) Andrew Vicary, Bob Wright, Alex Edwards, Bruce and Julie Tye, and (seated) Elsie and John Vicary.
Greg Green and Ron Loakes, (front, from left) Gary and Bev Ward and Mel Bice.
MEETING UP: Blaze Aid volunteer Doug Wellard and his wife Sheryl chat with farmers Edie andPeter Hansen, of Lands End, north-west of Eidsvold.