Farm­ers get so­cial

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

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.

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