Growing generosity

Growing generosity

Circular Head experienced a ripper hay and silage season late last year.

To lend a helping hand to those less fortunate, local farmers are donating fodder to drought affected communities in New South Wales.

A project in partnership with Smithton Lions Club and Circular Head Agricultural Society, the appeal will see more than 500 square bales shipped across the Bass Strait to the Port of Eden, with the support of locals Wayne Wells, Marcus Laing and Greenham Tasmania.

The bright idea began to emerge as Wayne was thinking of flood affected farmers in Queensland. Now, as the rain subsides and new growth begins to sprout, the true blue Tassie farmers have turned their attention to regions still suffering.

Stockpiles of large square bales will be transported by Laing Contracting to Stanley this weekend to be ready for shipping next week.

Anyone who can spare a bale or two is encouraged to do so, or to trade off smaller square bales or round bales of hay and silage to replenish stocks.

As part of the initiative, a bank account has been set up with Circular Head Community Bank for donations to be deposited into. Treasure Chest is also accepting monetary donations to go towards purchasing fodder and other costs associated with the project.

To find out more about donating to the fodder drive, chat to Tony Hine on 0428 563 228. Donations can be delivered to Marcus and Caron Laing’s property at 69 Marthicks Road, Smithton by calling Caron on 0428 521 778. Delivery can be arranged with Kanon Lockett at MG Trading or Marty Burke at Roberts Limited.

Circular Head locals including (from left) Marcus Laing, Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce, Caron Laing, Eddie Schuuring, Mayor Daryl Quilliam, Wayne Wells, Tony Hine, Judy Johns, Samantha Johns and Sally Elliott are amongst a band of locals donating to a drought relief appeal. Picture: Ashleigh Force.