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Bringing a thousand bales east for drought farmers

Sally Bryant, Wednesday March 12, 2014 - 16:54 EDT
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The recent memory of drought has prompted farmers in Salmon Gums, Western Australia, to donate hay to struggling Queensland producers. - ABC

Help often comes from the most unexpected places; and this drought has been no exception.

A Western Australian farmer Sam Starcevich has been watching the impact of the drought in Queensland and western NSW and she was inspired to launch an appeal asking WA farmers to donate hay to send east.

What started off as a small idea has grown into something much bigger. A thousand bales of hay will soon be on its way to Bourke.



Sam says she and her husband are having a reasonable season now, but they remember the tough times too and they wanted to be able to help out.

So Sam, and her newfound friend from Facebook, Ann Bell will soon ride shotgun on a convoy of hay, eastward-ho, to the drought struck graziers of Bourke.


- ABC

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