Townsville may be getting some rain, but let’s not forget there’s still a drought on…

Most of Townsville woke up this morning to the sound of steady rainfall that has continued most of the day.  In fact, from my office in Aitkenvale I look out the window and see the liquid gold is quite heavy at the moment and it makes my heart sing.

​However, in November 2015 over 85% of Queensland was officially drought declared and in a state as large as ours, that is a vast area of land that is dry.  So while my heart may be singing at the sight of rain, it then aches at the thought that not everyone is seeing what I’m seeing.

The areas that need this rain the most are unfortunately all too often missing out.  Kylie has lived in and around Blackall all of her life and currently lives on one of the properties that have missed recent rainfalls.

“We’ve had none of the rain here at our property and it will have to be very regular rain (when it ever starts) to be able to get back to some sort of normal in maybe 1-2yrs.  Even people who have had some rain will still need a lot more to recover.” says Kylie.

“My father in law carted water for about 12 months and we were down to one foot of water in one dam around New Years.  Lucky for us a neighbour had enough water to bring the creek down and that put water in 6 dams for us, so at least we have water to the houses again.

​”Being able to turn on a tap and have a garden is something special.”

Kylie’s story is one of many similar stories coming out of Western Queensland.  Most properties have either sent their livestock to agistment or sold it for whatever price they could get because they simply can’t keep up with feed.

However, a guardian angel lending a hand has come in the form of Brendan Farrell and his crew of “Hay Runners”. The Burrumbuttock Hay Run has successfully completed 9 trips through Western NSW and Queensland, delivering much needed hay to some of the worst affected farmers.

“We received Hay from the previous Hay Run in January and look to be getting some more from this one as well”, Kylie says.

“The Hay Run helps us with hay obviously, but I think that what Brendan Farrell and the Burrumbuttock Hay Running team have done is let us know we aren’t being forgotten”

The Hay Runners are getting ready to do it all again in April and Kylie is helping a friend in the Blackall area to give back some of the kindness shown to them by the Hay Run.  They have a multidraw currently running with lots of lovely prizes donated by locals, and then this coming Friday, 18th March, they are holding an auction for a one of kind, completely unique, crocheted Hay Runner Truck!

Kylie says “my mother in law taught me to crochet about 12 months ago and seeing as there weren’t any patterns available to suit what the truck looked like in my head, I have made it all up from scratch. It’s definitely a one of a kind!”

The Hay Run relies on donations and the generosity of the truck owners putting up their own vehicles and time to make the much needed deliveries.  With each truck costing about $2000 in fuel alone, Kylie hopes they can help raise funds to help those who have helped her.

“There isn’t a great deal of money around the area at the moment but anything will help towards the fuel for the hay run and that’s all we ask.”

Donations can be made to the Burrumbuttock Hay Run through the Rotary Club of Sydney as they handle all monetary donations.

BSB: 062 438
ACC: 10211156
Description: Drought Appeal

Or send Cheques Payable to “The Rotary Club of Sydney Drought Appeal” 
Post to Rotary Club of Sydney, GPO Box 1523, Sydney NSW 2001.

For any further information on the Hay Run, find them on Facebook here

Part time blogger & full time mum, Bec has lived in Townsville for over 8 years and enjoys everything Townsville has to offer. Bec is the founder of Townsville Women and The Vintage Highway, while also running a retail store and social media pages based around the family’s beloved Kombi.

She is slightly addicted to Wine, Pinterest, Netflix and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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