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Australia WA convoy carrying thousands of donated hay bales heads to NSW to help bushfire-affected farmers

04:10  18 january  2020
04:10  18 january  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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A convoy of 47 road trains carrying 3000 tonnes of donated hay from WA bound for drought- affected NSW farmers . Supplied by Farmers Across Borders Credit: Supplied. At Bogan Gate, between Parkes and Condobolin in the NSW Central West, third-generation grazier and father-of-four Andrew Gartner

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A convoy of almost a dozen trucks stocked with more than 2,000 bales of donated hay and fodder and a raft of supplies like clothes, blankets and nappies is heading from south-west Western Australia to help farmers in fire-ravaged areas of New South Wales.

Organisers of the Harvey Hay Run put out the call for help just two weeks ago and scores of local farmers, truck drivers and community members answered.

"The response has been just incredible," convoy co-coordinator Belinda Hall said.

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Almost 50 trucks packed with more than 3,000 bales of donated hay and fodder is heading across the Nullarbor from WA this week, bound for drought-stricken farmers in NSW .

The ‘ Farmers across borders, hay from WA ’ convoy is the second from the group’s organisers, who are based in the coastal farming community of Over the harvest, West Australian farmers baled hay and donated straw for the cause and on Tuesday, the convoy will leave Norseman, headed to the

a man smiling for the camera: Tom Rose says he'll be proud to lead the convoy into the NSW town of Cooma next week. (ABC Rural: Jon Daly) © Provided by ABC NEWS Tom Rose says he'll be proud to lead the convoy into the NSW town of Cooma next week. (ABC Rural: Jon Daly)

"It just reminds you of the Aussie spirit and the fact we're all in this together."

There have been 44 separate donations of hay from farmers across the south-west region and beyond.

"There's been large donations but a lot of the pledges we've had have been from just smaller families and farms, and it's from their own stockpile," Ms Hall said.

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'The Australian thing'

The convoy left Tom Rose's farm near Brunswick this morning.

Mr Rose will lead the convoy when it arrives in the southern NSW town of Cooma by next Wednesday, January 22.

"I am pretty proud to be able to do that," he said.

"I hate to think of what we see next Wednesday, but I just hope we can help keep some stock alive and help the morale of the people involved."

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A convoy of trucks has rolled into the regional NSW town of Condobolin to deliver hay to more than 'Not just a farmer problem'. Farmer Fiona Aveyard, who received 10 bales of hay , said Like many farmers , the drought has forced Ms Aveyard to de-stock, and she said the allocation of donated hay

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Sandy MacPherson is one of several truck drivers who have volunteered to make the trip.

Mr MacPherson said it was simply the right thing to do.

"I'd hope it's just the Australian thing," he said.

"Everyone can see the fact that if it happened to them it would be a pretty tough gig, so what do you do?

"You can't sit back and watch, that's for sure."

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Memories of fire

Some of the most generous donations came from farmers and communities devastated by the 2016 Waroona-Yarloop bushfires that destroyed 160 homes and killed two people.

"It was the four-year anniversary on January 6 for the Waroona-Yarloop bushfire and that's where all the support has come from," Ms Hall said.

"I've been fortunate enough to speak to so many people involved in Yarloop, and even though people have rebuilt, the emotion toll of that is very much outstanding."

Ms Hall said she had made more than 200 phone calls looking for help and had next to no refusals.

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In New South Wales , the Rural Fire Service lets you donate to the RFS as a whole, or to specific As previously mentioned, people wanting to help can donate to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. In NSW , people can donate to the Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES), which is

A convoy of road trains is crossing the country to deliver hay and fodder from WA to more than 300 drought- affected farmers in NSW . The delivery is expected to arrive on Australia Day 🇭🇲. Absolute champions!

"You can have conversations with as many people as you like, and the answer is always the same: 'You do what you can for your neighbour, farmers helping farmers and Aussies helping Aussies'," she said.

Mr Rose said the community's support for the hay run had been overwhelming.

"It does show there are still some good human beings in this world," he said.

At Microsoft News Australia we've partnered with the giving platform Benevity to raise funds for Australian Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army; these organisations are helping communities across the country devastated by bushfires. You can help these organisations by donating here and for the latest news plus RFS and CFS links visit Bushfire emergency.

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