Volunteers to help Richmond Shire's drought-hit landownersBy Kate Stephens, Tuesday April 22, 2014 - 13:52 EST
A charity that connects volunteers with drought-affected landholders will set up camp in north-west Queensland today.
Over the next few weeks, BlazeAid will send groups of volunteers to cattle stations across the Richmond Shire, to help with daily maintenance and stock feeding.
Secretary Eugene Ross says the arrangement will benefit both the landholders and volunteers.
"They'll come for two reasons, one to assist the farmers and the landowners on these cattle stations but also to experience that life themselves," he said.
"A lot of them have probably never been on a cattle station and the vast distances that they have to work in, so it will be a great experience for them as well as assisting the farmers.
"I think at this stage we've got about 20 properties registered through BlazeAid for assistance and the assistance can be anything from just general maintenance around the property, assist the farmer with feeding the cattle and stock or a bit of weed control and repairing stock troughs and those sorts of things.
"They're turning their attention to drought-affected farmers who need help around their properties."
© ABC 2014
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