Relief on the way for struggling farmers
DESPERATE farmers struggling through drought are about to get some welcome relief from one of their own.
Colleen Torney, who operates a 700 acre cattle property between Jambin and Biloela, is helping to co-ordinate a big delivery of drought relief for producers across the region.
Mrs Torney has been acting as an unofficial private charity for 25 years now working with churches and organisations across the region.
Again this year she is working alongside the Hervey Bay Disability Op-Shop and Followmont Transport to deliver a load of drought relief to her property in the coming days for distribution.
“There are some pretty desperate people out there just trying to save a few head of cattle and are having to cut back on everything,” Mrs Torney said.
“There’s always a whole mix of clothes, doonas for the winter, shoes and bigger size work clothes for the men.
“There’s also going to be vouchers handed out to people in need, many of who attended the Aussie Helpers Hay Drive earlier this year in Biloela.”
Mrs Torney has worked on the land her whole life.
She said farmers were feeling isolated and struggling in drought like she’d never seen before.
“There was more help back in the 90s with drought relief from the government because you got lump sums of money donated to the Banana Shire Drought Committee,” Mrs Torney said.
“In past droughts, like back in the 60s, they were bad but they didn’t go on as long.
“It just seems what I’m hearing and seeing is people south and west of here that have sold everything.”
With the everyday struggles of costs and overheads faced by producers, Mrs Torney hopes this quality load of supplies can bring smiles and lift spirits.
“The quality of the goods from Hervey Bay we get is very good,” Mrs Torney said.
“It’s good therapy, keeping me in touch with others to have a laugh and a cup of coffee, to go through the clothes and supplies.
“This time, with the danger of that awful word flood, I want this load to move as quickly as possible.”
John Tart from Followmont Transport Biloela said Followmont was happy to help any way they could.
“We’re proud to support the farmers and the struggle they are going through,” Mr Tart said.
“It’s a bit of a battle for them and we are all hoping for more rain so they don’t have to suffer the way they are right now.”
Mrs Torney encouraged interested farmers to call her on 4995 3246 and leave a message for more details on the pick-up day.