Truckies deliver hay to help farmers impacted by Queensland bushfires


A Bushfire Fodder Taskforce was established last week to assist primary producers seeking emergency livestock feed as a result of the Queensland bushfires.

Major areas where fodder was delivered over the weekend included Ban Ban Springs (72 bales), Eidsvold (79 bales), Toondahra (32 bales) and Durong (32 bales), bringing total deliveries up to 366 bales so far. An additional road train is scheduled to deliver into the Southern Downs on Tuesday, November 7.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) will be providing advice to landholders on recovery options tailored to their individual circumstances.

The taskforce is a partnership between the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), AgForce and Rural Aid.

“Rural Aid was quickly able to switch on the fodder and well-being support farmers needed in this current bushfire crisis,” said Rural Aid chief executive John Warlters.

“With thousands of hectares of pasture wiped out in the bushfires, many farmers and their communities will need ongoing disaster recovery support.

“We have been doing this since 2015 with the original ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign and we are asking people to support us now to continue this vital work.”

Primary producers can also access disaster assistance loans up to $250,000 and freight assistance up to $5000.

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