CQ fundraiser after 'worst drought in 30 years'
WITH over a quarter of a million acres of land and thousands of cattle to feed, Luke Yore says the recent drought out west was the worst he's seen in his 30 years of farming.
The Aramac grazier was one of many farmers struggling to make ends meet as a result of years without decent rainfall, losing half the number of cattle he would normally keep on his property over that four-year period.
But while things are looking up for Mr Yore and his head of cattle after a few downpours this year, other areas further west haven't seen more than a few drops.
That's why Mulumbin's BIG4 Capricorn Palms Holiday Village has decided to again host a huge fundraiser for the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, who drive large loads of hay bales to properties in desperate need.
Visiting the BIG 4 with his wife and five sons recently, The Capricorn Coast Mirror spoke to him about his experience during the drought.
Mr Yore was one of the extremely grateful hay run recipients in 2016, with three truckloads delivered to him during the severe drought.
"It was a big help, we fed the (calf) weaners with it, it's expensive to buy,” he said. "The prices for cattle have been good which really what helped us out.”
Being held over the weekend of February 17 - 18, BIG 4 park manager Josh Dillon said they decided to host the event for a second year, to give back.
"A lot of these people out west come in to stay here and spend money in our region, or board their kids at school here, so we want to give back to the people that give to us,” Mr Dillon said.
With a goal of $10,000 last year, the event raised $16,000 and Mr Dillon said they hoped to reach a similar figure again this year.
"We also have many businesses donating their time and trade to help raise funds for this great cause,” Mr Dillon said.
"Our goal is to raise $12,000 that will be used by Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, to be distributed between the participating truck companies to reimburse part of their fuel costs as all the hay has been donated.
"Thanks in advance for helping us keep the dream alive for our Aussie Farmers.”
The BHR team will leave Darlington Point on February 22, and hit the road on their next hay run arriving in Hughenden on Saturday, February 25.
Hughenden is about 400 kilometres east of Cloncurry which is the northern Central Queensland region that is still devastated by drought. After years of drought and hardship many have emptied their bank accounts trying to keep stock alive.
Two night minimum stay, with a few sites left.
Day visitors also welcome.
Phone 4933 6144 to book.
Day entry fee will be $30 for a family of five.
Entertainment Friday and Saturday night with Neil Duddy from Ipswich
Pig races by Peak Pig Racing
Bob Pacey poetry from 9am
The Country Music Group from 10am to 6pm