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NSW farmers grateful for Canberra hay drive

Lucy Barbour, Wednesday May 7, 2014 - 11:43 EST
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Farmers in drought-stricken NSW were delighted when trucks carrying donated hay arrived from Canberra last weekend. - ABC

Farmers at Baradine, in north-west NSW, were moved to tears over the weekend as three trucks from Canberra, filled with donated hay, arrived in town to show support for people affected by drought.

The convoy had collected the volume of about 2,500 hay bales from the Riverina region and the convoy's co-ordinators also donated $5,000 to the Baradine community fund.

The hay drive's co-ordinator, Barrie Cole, says it was a very emotional experience.

"While the hay's needed and very much appreciated, they get a really big boost out of the fact that other people care, and that's what came through strongly," he said.

"We sort of all felt like rockstars! Rockstars on the tops of hay bales.

"A few of the tough farmers even showed some (emotion) and one lady farmer was sitting in her ute and couldn't get out because she had tears in her eyes."


© ABC 2014

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