Our hard hit farm­ers are giv­ing back to oth­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - FENCE POST -

NORTH Bur­nett has only been off the drought reg­is­ter for a week.

But farm­ers who strug­gled last year are al­ready help­ing those who are worse off.

Coun­cil­lor John Bowen has been help­ing or­gan­ise dona­tions of hay for drought-stricken Lon­greach and said farm­ers were more than happy to help out.

“We’ve had about 200 bales (so far),” he said.

“I think they’re great, it’s the Aussie spirit.”

He said many of the farm­ers who had al­ready do­nated bales of hay were hit hard by drought last year and were only now just get­ting back on their feet.

And de­spite farm­ers deal­ing with debts as a re­sult of the floods and drought, the urge to help farm­ers do­ing it hard had not di­min­ished.

“That’s the way farm­ers think.

“They think there is al­ways some­one worse off than me,” he said.

Cr Bowen said he would be help­ing or­gan­ise runs of hay bales to Lon­greach for the fore­see­able fu­ture and hoped dona­tions would con­tinue to flow.

He said a few bales of hay in a tough drought could make a big dif­fer­ence.

“They are des­per­ate in Lon­greach,” he said.

If you want to do­nate bales of hay for farm­ers in Lon­greach, phone John Bowen on 0458 625 961.

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