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BlazeAid volunteers offer Queensland drought aid

Virginia Tapp, Tuesday April 22, 2014 - 09:20 EST
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Cattle on the road near Richmond, north west QLD. - ABC

BlazeAid will begin its first ever drought relief campaign in north-west Queensland this week.

The organisation recruits volunteers to help clean up after fire, floods and cyclones, but it's now broadening its services to include drought assistance.

BlazeAid secretary Eugene Ross says they'll set up a base camp in Richmond, and help local farmers feed stock and do maintenance jobs.

"What we plan to do is send groups of four to six volunteers out to a cattle station and they'll work there for two or three weeks with the farmer.

"We've got about 20 properties registered through BlazeAid for assistance, so there was a need for us to look at getting away from our normal core activities, which is helping after fires, floods and cyclones."


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