Australia Post delivers hay to drought stricken farmers

Australia Post has delivered a six-trailer convoy of hay to Broken Hill to support drought hit farmers in the area.

Over eight weeks the Rural Aid convoy has been reaching out to Broken Hill, Scotia and Tibooburra. This has been made possible through the sales of Australia Post’s Drought Relief Stamp packs across the country.

Under the Australia Post scheme, every $5 stamp pack sold triggers a $2 donation to Rural Aid. This has resulted in $200,000 being raised for farmers who will receive 1000 large bales of hay between them.

Nicole Sheffield, Executive General Manager of Community and Consumer, was on hand to greet the convoy in Broken Hill and said Australia Post is proud to be able to help. “Australia Post is a critical part of the Australian community with a large presence in rural and remote Australia and a long history of supporting the Australian community at times of crisis,” she said.

“We know farmers are doing it tough, and this hay drop is but one way that we’re trying to making it just that little bit easier for them.”

Rural Aid General Manager Wayne Thomson said the hay drop provided more than just help around the farm. “It’s also the mental impact and the reinforcement that someone cares – they give a damn,” Mr Thomson said. “Australia Post have a long-standing presence in these communities, and their commitment to helping those same communities when they’re in need should be commended,” he said.

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