A round up of news and events in this week’s Longreach Regional Report 12 Jan
Burrumbuttock Hay Runners
A life giving donation of hay for Aussie farmers, and a welcome night of entertainment to provide some light relief.
In a true show of Australian spirit 50 road trains drove across the country carrying bales of hay for much needed farms across drought stricken QLD.
The Burrumbuttock Hay Run, a vision that started from a single delivery of hay to a farmer by a bloke who just wanted to help.
Brendan Farrell is that man and now this hay run is something on a scale like no other.
“On the 7th February 2014 I just wanted to take one load of hay to a poor farmer in Bourke, by the time I left my hometown we had 25 trucks behind us and is it just kept growing from there,” he says.
“All us blokes get a buzz out of going to different areas dropping off donated bales of hay, catch up with locals and as you can see from today we have 119 prime movers and 168 trailer of donated hay for farmers in QLD.”
From the air, there were trucks as far as the eye could see, they drove into Ilfracombe late on Friday afternoon; the weary drivers buoyed by grateful volunteers offering back whatever they could.
The generosity in donations was unprecedented.
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It was a great way to end an amazing day, a concert to celebrate and to say thank you.
Country music star Jayne Denham was the headline act for the night and says the experience of the Australian spirit was exactly why she writes the music she does.
“For me as an Australian artist to come out here and see more of what it is all about that I love to write songs about it was huge but also just to see the smiles on their faces I feel more privileged than anything to be able to come out here and be a part of it and meet these cool people that keep our country going for sure our farmers we can’t do without them,” she said.
Drought Angels were on hand across the weekend to spread a little cheer and provide for the families, not just the farms.
Through their distribution of food and fuel vouchers, they are working to highlight the importance of our farmers and just how much we rely on them through the country.
The rain came and the people rejoiced.
It’s what we’d all been waiting for but according to the weather bureau that’s all we’ll be getting for now.
Cameron Hinze, acting Officer in Charge of the Longreach branch predicts there’ll be nothing but clear skies and hot days to come.
“There is nothing outstanding in the way of big scale rain events coming up in the next few weeks but in saying that it is the middle of tropical cyclone season so all it takes is one cyclone to develop in the gulf which what happened a week ago and it came down through the inland area and that’s what gave us all the rain but in the next week we might see some showers and storms on Saturday and Sunday but nothing in the way of heavy totals,” he said.
So just how much did we receive over the Christmas and New Year’s Break?
“Winton just north of here scored around 50 – 70 mm just after the Christmas period but here in Longreach over two days we totalled just under 40mm on the 2nd and 3rd of January and they were the best total we have had here since at least April or June last year,” Acting OIC Longreach Office, Bureau of Meteorology, Cameron Hinze said.
With all that rain, many have questioned whether we’re soon to see the end of the El Nino.
Events of late indicate we’ve reached the peak and are making our way back into neutral conditions by the winter.