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Drought partnership delivers free water tanks

25 November 2021

IMAGE 2 Orlando Coco from Cocos Orchard and Rodger Kay from Wilshire and Co

Two free water carting tanks have been delivered to the rural community through a drought-buffering partnership between Southern Downs Regional Council and farm equipment manufacturer TransTank International (TTi).

Rolled-out via an expression of interest process under the support of TTi, the donation program was available to primary producers and not-for-profit organisations and attracted significant interest across the region during the current round.

Granite Belt apple farmer Orlando Coco from Coco’s Orchards and local Warwick producer Glenn Scotney both received TTi tanks recently.

Council’s Manager of Community and Cultural Services Michael Bell said the initiative offered assistance and support to the rural and farming community.

“Drought relief programs such as this provide assistance where it is needed most – on the land,” Mr Bell said.

“TTi has generously come to the table with its offer of world-class equipment.”

Recipient Glenn Scotney said the new tank was much appreciated and would significantly improve his capacity to cart water across his property, particularly during times of drought.

“Our property previously operated with only one tank which was not nearly enough to assist during the recent drought,” Mr Scotney said.

“The donation of an additional new tank will be a major boost when we need to cart water and I thank TTi for its generosity.”

IMAGE 1 - Lauren Henderson from Pursehouse and Glenn Scotney

The tanks were handed over by local rural suppliers Rodger Kay from Wilshire & Co (Stanthorpe) and Lauren Henderson from Pursehouse Rural (Warwick). 

All applications submitted to the program to date will remain in the system to be considered for future tanks as they become available.

Farmers and not-for profit are organisations are encouraged to regularly monitor Council’s website and Facebook page for new opportunities as they arise.

For more information on the type of water cartage tanks that will be donated through this program, visit https://www.tti.com.au/product-category/liquid-transport-tanks/water-cartage-tanks/.

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