In times of drought, it’s mateship and the generosity of others that keep people pushing through.
Drought relief deliveries, like the one to Collarenebri on Saturday, mean the world to a community doing it tough, and though the donations themselves only have a small impact on the huge job of feeding thousands of hungry mouths, it’s the positive affect of getting people off farm for a few hours to have a chat and a beer that makes it all worthwhile.
Determined to make a difference to the Collarenebri community and provide a little bit of hope, Bree Pring, Tegan George and Maddison Richards form McGregor Gourlay in Moree rallied together the community to raise funds for drought-affected farmers in the Moree district.
In addition to the $24,000 raised at the Moree Drought Muster auction, people and businesses from far and wide donated two pallets of dog food, a pallet of stock feed, $5,500 worth of gift vouchers, a $5,000 donation from AxiChem which was used to purchase stock feed, and pamper packs.
Rolling into Collarenebri on Saturday morning with a B-double load of stock feed and a truck load of hay, boxes of non-perishables, pamper packs, dog food, and water, 30 families from the community got to leave behind the monotony of drought for a few hours.
Local grazier, Sue Lees, Tipperary, said it's a sad fact of life in the community that everyone is seasoned to the drought.
"We've been here so long and it's just an everyday thing now," she said.
"Days like today are so good for them men – ladies can go out to CWA meetings and patchwork club, but the men don't get that chance.
“Even if it's just for 30 minutes, it gives the men a chance to catch up with guys they haven't seen in forever because they're all too busy feeding."