Biloela Rotary members with the loaded truck for Drought Relief.
Biloela Rotary members with the loaded truck for Drought Relief. Contributed

Rotary works for community drought support initiative

ROTARY Biloela is always working quietly in the background of our community on projects to support the local area.

Its most recent project has been an initiative to support those affected by drought.

The project was suggested by Rotarian Geoff Hancock.

Geoff and his wife Christine generously donated 40 acres of land and much of their time to grow more than 300 round bales of millet hay.

While the entire Banana Shire is not drought declared, pockets of the shire have definitely been doing it tough for quite some time.

Feed is often difficult to source and some families were desperate for help.

Recipients were all local primary producers suffering the effects of our long drought.

Each delivery provided about 14 round bales of hay to assist with feed for their stock and they were extremely grateful.

Rotary wishes to thank the following major sponsors for supporting this project:

Geoff and Christine Hancock for provision of land, labour and associated costs for the entire project.

CS Energy provided funds towards electricity costs for irrigating the crop.

Banana Shire Council and Geoff and Melinda Arnold donated water to grow the crop.

Teys Cargill and Sunwater donated funds towards irrigation costs and fuel.

CS Energy Biloela saw this venture as a great opportunity to support the local community.

"CS Energy was delighted to support this fantastic initiative by the Biloela Rotary Club to help local families in need of assistance to overcome the harsh effects of the recent drought,” CS Energy head of corporate affairs Nev Conway said.

"CS Energy was happy to play a small part in the success of this initiative, but full credit should go to the hardworking members of the Biloela Rotary Club, who showed tremendous community spirit and leadership.”

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