Buy a bale launch

Western Times - - NEWS -

BUY a bale is a char­ity that has long helped out ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, pay­ing to im­port feed.

Now they’ve gone even fur­ther, team­ing up with tourism author­i­ties to get city peo­ple west in the Septem­ber school hol­i­day pe­riod.

At the same time as the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment is putting an ad­di­tional $500,000 into out­back tourism mar­ket­ing, Buy a Bale has launched a cam­paign with the help of farm­ers, ru­ral coun­cils and Out­back Queens­land Tourism to share their prop­er­ties, towns and lifestyle with city dwellers.

Charles Alder from Buy a Bale said that the pro­ject sprawled across the whole state.

“Farm­ers from as far north as Ei­nasleigh and west to Bou­lia and south toWil­can­nia in NSWare open­ing up their prop­er­ties, of­fer­ing free ac­com­mo­da­tion or swap­ping a bit of labour for a free stay or in some cases in­creas­ing their in­come through Farm­stay pack­ages,” he said.

“We also need to look at boost­ing trav­ellers to our many coun­try towns who face ex­tinc­tion if farm in­comes don’t pick up and tourists don’t come.”

“Ev­i­dence shows that Aus­tralians are more likely to­day to hol­i­day over­seas. Grey no­mads and the older gen­er­a­tions get out west but Bali is a more pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion than Charleville for younger fam­i­lies,” he said.

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