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Hay delivery to provide relief for Southern Downs farmers

Drought-stricken farmers across the Southern Downs will receive some much needed relief with another free hay bale delivery scheduled for this weekend.

Local primary producers Jaime and Cynthia McDonald and Southern Downs Regional Council will distribute the hay at the McDonalds’ Wingarra property in Rodgers Creek on Saturday, 1 December from 9am.

The 80 round bales equal two truck-loads of hay and represent Jaime and Cynthia McDonald’s latest efforts to assist their fellow primary producers.

In October, the McDonalds helped organise a water tanker delivery and earlier this month hosted the Federal Coordinator General for Drought at their property.

Warwick business Olsens Produce is donating the hay, trucks and fuel for the delivery which equals nearly $8,000 in goods.

The Warwick District Foodbank is working with the Salvation Army to attend the hay delivery and provide food hampers to those feeling the impact of the drought.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said SDRC is working closely with the McDonalds to assist with logistics as part of Council’s ongoing drought relief efforts.

“Yet again we are seeing the community rally around our region’s farmers,” Cr Dobie said.

“We know the hay delivery won’t solve all the problems our farmers face, but the hay is much needed fodder for livestock and every little bit helps.

As a community, it is important we continue working together to find ways to support each other through the drought.”

If you would like to learn more about how SDRC can provide drought relief assistance to you or your business, please visit SDRC’s website at www.sdrc.qld.gov.au or call 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).

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