Help on way for farms

From left, Charlie Buchanan, Shane Warner, Luke Buchanan and Pearce Edwards prepare a load of hay to help struggling Queensland farmers. Colac and district people have shown generosity donating hay, services and money for the cause.

Colac’s Charlie Buchanan has sent two road trains of hay to Queensland after the Colac district community members chipped in to help drought-stricken farmers.

Mr Buchanan has been gathering hay, straw and money to go towards two struggling families in Queensland since February.

Colac region farmers donated almost 700 bales of hay to help the Queensland farmers who were still feeling the effects of the drought.

Mr Buchanan said David Mortimer from Mortimer Petroleum donated one of his fuel tankers to fuel the road trains, relieving a large price burden.

He said he’d like to thank Baronga Motor Inn’s Trevor Uwland for offering free accommodation and providing breakfast for the road train drivers.

Mr Buchanan said Greg Allen took the team out for dinner on Thursday night to welcome the Queenslanders to town and thank them for their efforts.

“I’d like to thank all the people who have generously donated hay and money, other people who donated cash to Charles Stewart we turned into fuel vouchers, so a lot of people have been helping out,” he said.

Mr Buchanan said straw would also go to help farmers in Gippsland.

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