The Salvation Army got a good take-up of the 60 bales of hay that local captain Joel Soper purchased from Queensland on behalf of local drought-stricken farmers. The remaining bales were earmarked for those who couldn’t make it on the day but are known to need a hand.
Stock agent Steve Alford and offsider Laurie Stenzel managed to source the large round bales of Rhodes Grass and Blue Grass from Bundaberg.
Despite the warmer weather and rain in some parts, Mr Alford said supply is still hard to secure as the demand for hay tends to increase at this time of year anyway, with new stock on the ground chasing the not-so-nutritious spring growth.
He said there may be some hay being cut around Fassifern and some supplies of sugarcane tops. Failed crops out Moree and Goondiwindi way are being baled, so there is some prospect of supplies becoming more accessible in the next month or so, but not yet.
The Salvos’ effort was helped by hay carter John Claydon who was bringing down 20 bales from Bundaberg anyway, and was able to include 60 more for the Salvos.
“It was a combined effort,” Mr Alford said.
Mayor Peter Petty was again on hand at the Tenterfield Showground to coordinate efforts, and said the feedback he’s been receiving is that those taking up the offer are very appreciative.
“It’s a great thing, worth doing,” he said.
“There are some that missed out earlier but we’re all caught up now.
“I think they’re also appreciative of having a yarn and a story.”
The Salvos again provided a lick block with each bale, as well as breakfast and some hospitality. Mr Soper said there may be more hay giveaway days, depending on demand.
The showground is also the location for those seeking a shower without running down the rainwater tanks at home. The Salvos have made arrangements with the showground caretaker for people to have access to shower facilities but they must contact Mr Soper on 0410 693 593 to make arrangements.
Mr Soper said the Salvos with then reimburse the Showground Trust for the water consumed.