Challenging drought

Appeal. Circular Head Council has challenged Local Government Association of Tasmania councils to match its donation to drought stricken communities.

At the local monthly meeting last Thursday, councillors voted unanimously to contribute $4000 to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal.

Council also put the call out to local community groups and businesses to match the donation.

The donation will assist farmers suffering through drought in New South Wales and Queensland.

In moving the motion, Councillor John Oldaker resonated with those feeling the effects of drought.

“This is very dear to me because as a farming person you see what goes on and you understand what some of these people are going through,” he said.

“It is a terrible fight that they are enduring, through no fault of their own.”

Deputy Mayor Jan Bishop empathised with communities also dealing with bushfires in a time of drought: “This is another peril they are dealing with,” she said.

“It is a great challenge we have put to other councils and I hope some coin will come from it.”

Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam acknowledged the efforts of locals in contributing to hay bales which recently left the district to assist New South Wales farmers as well as a recent donation of $30,000 from Treasure Chest.

“It’s a goodwill gesture that shows how much our people are willing to do for others.”

To support the cause, go to www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/drr-drought.

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