Last Friday, farmers in the State’s North West who continue to experience extreme drought conditions received a leg-up from the Buy a Bale program and our Nationals in Government. Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair and Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries visited Myall Station near Collarenebri to witness more than 14 truckloads of fodder on its way to those doing it tough.
The 540 donated bales of hay organised by non-profit Rural Aid were donated by farmers in Casino on the North Coast and Berrigan, close to the Victorian border. Transport for the 200 tonnes of fodder was funded by the Government. $5 million over the next five years will provide similar transport assistance toward animal welfare, including the transport of donated fodder within NSW.
Niall said the hay will provide a welcome relief for farmers in the areas of Lightening Ride, Walgett, Collarenebri and Goodooga. In addition to the $300 million NSW Drought Strategy, Niall’s team is also administering concessional loans measures on behalf of the Federal Government. The CEO of Buy a Bale, Charles Alder, said the fundraising campaign has delivered more than 55,000 bales of hay to farmers in drought stricken areas in the state since 2014.
It’s hard to describe just how tough the last few years have been for Doug and Annette Wilson.They’ve missed three crops in a row on their property Myall Station, about 80 kilometres out of Collarenebri up near the Queensland border.The last few years have been unrelenting for farmers and the communities of towns like Walgett, Goodooga, Collarenebri and Lightning Ridge in North West NSW. I met with Doug and Annette on Friday on their property. They were hosting Buy a Bale of Hay - Making a difference to Australian Farming Families, which organised the delivery of about 540 bales of fodder that was distributed to more than 30 drought-affected farmers from the area.The NSW Government picked up the cost of transport for the hay, under our $300 million NSW Drought Strategy.Things are tough, but these farmers are remaining stoic. Their resilience, in the face of extreme and prolonged conditions, is extraordinary.Posted by Niall Blair MLC on Monday, November 2, 2015