Hay loads to bring relief to farm­ers

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - 2018 BRUNSWICK SHOW - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Just af­ter show day, the Brunswick Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety pres­i­dent will be send­ing two road trains’ worth of hay on a 4000km jour­ney across the coun­try to sup­port fel­low farm­ers.

The two loads will join about 30 other road trains in what is set to be the big­gest hay run dur­ing re­cent relief ef­forts for drought­stricken parts of New South Wales and Queens­land.

So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Rob Ge­orge said the un­prece­dented sin­glere­cip­i­ent do­na­tion of $15,000 had im­me­di­ate sup­port when it was first dis­cussed at a com­mit­tee meet­ing.

“At a com­mit­tee meet­ing Mark (Tal­bot, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent) sug­gested we do­nate hay to the farm­ers over east, and the sup­port was unan­i­mous,” Mr Ge­orge said.

Mr Ge­orge said the so­ci­ety al­ways had a project each year to sup­port wor­thy causes in the com­mu­nity.

In pre­vi­ous years it has do­nated to the relief ef­forts from the 2016 Yar­loop-Wa­roona bush­fires and the Black Satur­day bush­fires.

“We nor­mally dis­trib­ute about $15,000 each year to char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups, but this is the first time we are giv­ing to one cause,” Mr Ge­orge said.

Mr Tal­bot said he was moved to help farm­ers who were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing tough times.

“Peo­ple who have gone over there tell me that you haven’t seen any­thing un­til you’ve been over there,” Mr Tal­bot said. “They reckon it’s dev­as­tat­ing. “Peo­ple are ac­tu­ally cry­ing in the streets when they see the trucks pull into town.”

The hay-loaded road trains are worth $25,000-$28,000 when they ar­rive over east, with fuel costs com­ing in at about $10,000.

Mr Ge­orge said one of the ma­jor hur­dles to trans­port­ing the hay was the red tape in­volved in cross­ing three State bound­aries, each with its own reg­u­la­tions.

“That’s why it has to go as a con­voy,” Mr Tal­bot said.

“What we are do­ing is work­ing in con­junc­tion with the Rapid Relief team.

“On show day we will present them with a cheque for $15,000 which they will use to buy two road train loads of hay.

The hay we pur­chase will be part of a con­voy of road trains which will leave WA on Novem­ber 2 to­wards Charleville in south-west Queens­land.”

Mr Tal­bot said the trucks would then turn around and make their way back to WA in or­der to take a sec­ond load over east im­me­di­ately.

“When they’re talk­ing about turn­ing the trucks around to go across again, you know it’s pretty dire,” Mr Tal­bot said.

“There will be a dis­play load of hay at the show so peo­ple can see just how much is needed.”

The so­ci­ety has al­ready re­ceived a $1000 do­na­tion from its own ju­nior vice-pres­i­dent, David Power, and wife Cindy.

Any­one who wants to con­trib­ute to the tran­spor­ta­tion costs to get the hay across Aus­tralia can make a do­na­tion at the Rapid Relief stall.

“We are able to help them, so we will,” Mr Ge­orge said. “It’s built into our blood. “We never know when the boot might be on the other foot.”

Pic­ture: Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Brunswick Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety se­nior vice-pres­i­dent Mark Tal­bot and pres­i­dent Rob Ge­orge with a small quan­tity of hay that will be do­nated to drought-stricken farm­ers in Queens­land.

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