Buy a bale launch
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.