Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Molly Han­cock Molly.Han­cock@west­ern­starnews.com

A GROUP of truck­ies and mu­si­cians are hit­ting the road next month and bring­ing much needed drought re­lief to the small but hearty town of Thar­go­min­dah.

Drought Busters is their name and help­ing peo­ple is their cause.

About 12 road trains will roar down the high­way and ar­rive in Thar­go­min­dah on Fri­day, Septem­ber 21 for two days of fun and sup­port for the com­mu­nity.

One of the or­gan­is­ers be­hind the cause is Tash Schipp, who said they were Queens­lan­ders do­ing it for Queens­lan­ders.

“We are just do­ing what we can for fel­low Queens­lan­ders out west who need a mate and a help­ing hand,” she said.

“At the end of the day, we don’t want any­one to be for­got­ten.

“This is just a drop in the ocean and we are just a group of truck­ies and a cou­ple of mu­si­cians who wanted to help.”

The Drought Busters are not only bring­ing feed for an­i­mals, but will also do­nate non-per­ish­able ham­pers and live en­ter­tain­ment.

Kerry Kennedy and Dou­ble Bar­rel and Peter “Smokie” Daw­son will per­form live at the Bul­loo River Ho­tel Mo­tel both Fri­day and Satur­day nights.

In 2016, the Drought Busters pro­vided re­lief to Mungindi, or­gan­is­ing the week­end in just two weeks.

This year, the Drought Busters run is in mem­ory of Steve Jones, a long-time friend of the brains be­hind the ini­tia­tive.

“Steve was a good friend of ours and had a bit to do with the last run we did out to Mungindi.

“His wife and sons will be com­ing out to Thar­go­min­dah and show­ing their sup­port too,” Ms Schipp said.

All of the trucks are set to be un­loaded on the Satur­day, with farm­ers in­vited to come along and en­joy a bar­be­cue.


ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Drought Busters are set to ar­rive in Thar­go­min­dah next month with 12 road trains full of hay and other sup­plies.

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