Feed on way to NSW farms

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Joanna De­la­lande

A group led by two Esper­ance farm­ers will de­liver do­nated feed to drought-af­fected farm­ers in Co­bar in New South Wales on Aus­tralia Day.

The trip is or­gan­ised by Farm­ers Across Bor­ders, a not-for-profit group founded in 2014 by Sam Starce­vich and Anne Bell.

The pair or­gan­ised a con­voy of 16 road trains car­ry­ing 560 tonnes of do­nated feed from WA farm­ers in a bid to help drought-stricken farm­ers in NSW.

Given the sever­ity of the cur­rent drought, Ms Starce­vich and Ms Bell have again worked with their com­mu­nity to raise more than 3000 tonnes of feed — tripling the amount from 2014.

The hay will be trans­ferred through a con­voy of 50 road trains, more than 2km in length, driven by lo­cal vol­un­teers and will travel from Norse­man, WA to Co­bar, NSW, be­tween Jan­uary 22 and 26.

Some vol­un­teers from re­gional WA will cover more than 10,000km on their re­turn jour­ney.

Ms Starce­vich said the 2014 hay run was the be­gin­ning of life­long friend­ships and in­cred­i­ble gen­eros­ity which had led to triple the num­ber of vol­un­teers, road trains and do­na­tions this year. “All the vol­un­teers on our first hay run have raised their hand to pro­vide sup­port again,” she said.

“We are blown away by the gen­eros­ity of our West Aussie farm­ers, lo­cal com­mu­nity and spon­sors, all ea­ger to help our fel­low farm­ers still strug­gling in drought. The cur­rent drought is one of the worst in history, with far-reach­ing con­se­quences that per­me­ate count­less com­mu­ni­ties na­tion­ally.

“We are proud that we can pro­vide both moral sup­port and much-needed re­sources to other farm­ers in their time of need.”

She said it was cru­cial that farm­ers across the coun­try stick to­gether and sup­port each other, as drought was a “hor­ri­ble thing” that could take years to re­cover from.

“We’re all farm­ers and we un­der­stand what it’s like, and some farm­ers in WA haven’t fared so well this year ei­ther,” she said.

“It’s fantastic that this is get­ting so much sup­port.”

Farm­ers Across Bor­ders will work in con­junc­tion with Lions’ Need for Feed to fund fuel costs and dis­burse the hay on ar­rival in Co­bar on Jan­uary 26.

Jeep Aus­tralia will pro­vide food and a fleet of sup­port ve­hi­cles to as­sist vol­un­teers through­out their jour­ney.

Farm­ers Across Bor­ders founders Sam Starce­vich and Anne Bell.

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