WA convoy answers call from drought-stricken NSW farmers
THE largest ever WA truck convoy of fodder is on its way to drought-stricken farmers in NSW and southern Queensland.
A massive 3500 tonnes of donated hay is being carried across 2500km by 50 road trains, thanks to the not-for-profit group Farmers without Borders, founded by Esperance farmers Sam Starcevich and Anne Bell.
The convoy met at the Norseman racetrack on Tuesday before travelling to Eucla and from there would stop at Wudinna in South Australia.
From Wudinna it's on to Broken Hill before arriving in Cobar, NSW, on Australia Day.
Sam said the Lions' Need for Feed disaster relief group, based in Victoria, is also hoping to have another 20 trucks travelling up from Victoria to meet the WA convoy on Australia Day.
"Once we get to Cobar, the drivers will be told where they will be delivering their hay to and some of them may have another 500km to travel from there, so it will be a big trip for many of our drivers,” Sam told The West Australian.
Sam said the trip was inspired by a similar run four years ago, when she and Anne co-ordinated 16 road trains to deliver 560 tonnes of feed to farmers in Bourke.
"It has been so different this time because of the amount of people involved ... we have really gone bigger,” said Sam.
A spokesperson for the Need for Feed convoy said some of its drivers will deliver around Cobar, and slightly east of the town, before joining the convoy on the journey to northern NSW and into southern Queensland as far as Cunnamulla.
Meanwhile, around 180 trucks in the Burrumbuttock Hay Run left Cunnamulla this morning as they make their way to Quilpie ahead of the Australia Day celebrations.