Lockyer Valley convoy of help for Mungindi
AN IDEA to provide some relief to the town of Mungindi turned into a huge drought-busters convoy that brought much needed hay to drought-affected farmers.
It all started when pub owner Lee Christensen, from the small country town on the Queensland/ New South Wales border cancelled a visit from country music singer Kerry Kennedy recently because he no longer has any money.
It's a reflection on how the drought is not only affecting farmers, but local businesses also.
"The government is taking away 25% of the town's water allocations, that means a 25% decrease in income for the area," Lee said.
When Lee called Kerry to cancel the event, he was doing it because he had no money to bring the singer to town.
That's when Kerry said he would do the show for free.
Within a matter of hours, sponsors were on board donating things from road trains, to food, entertainment, and equipment and Buy a Bale of Hay.
Lights on the Hill president Kerry Wilkins and secretary Juanita Johnson also jumped on board helping to make it into an event with more than 1400 bales of hay donated.
So much that Nindigully will get a concert and donation in a week's time too.
Wilkins said he was happy to help out.
"It's not going to help everyone but it shows that we care," Wilkins said.
"I've been called by so many people offering their hay, it's incredible.
"Everyone needs recognition, we've got good-hearted people here and they are all battlers doing it to help others.
"The good in people really amazes me."
It all came together on multiple properties in the Lockyer Valley last Thursday and Friday with the hay loaded up.
Charles Alder from Buy a Bale said more than 20 trailers of hay rolled out of the Lockyer Valley destined for Mungindi.
The University of Queensland Gatton residents club also played a special part in the donation.
UQ Gatton Residents Club treasurer Michael Wellington said he was proud to see that students contributed towards the cause.
"It all went full circle," Mr Wellington said.
"Last year the UQ Gatton Residents Club chose to donate all our charity money to Buy a Bale and that has effectively gone into purchasing hay from these local farmers and UQ too."