Rotary behind water deliveries

The once-mighty Mole River. Rotary has been helping Mingoola residents who are out of household water and it's now turning its attention to Torrington.
The once-mighty Mole River. Rotary has been helping Mingoola residents who are out of household water and it's now turning its attention to Torrington.

Since government drought funding to deliver water to thirsty property owners relying on tank water has dried up, the Rotary Club of Tenterfield has stepped into the breech.

The club is funding the delivery of water to Mingoola residents, with 17 households already benefiting. There are seven more to go, club president Caitlin Reid said.

The club is now examining the logistics of also getting water to desperate Torrington homes, hoping to find a water source possibly in Deepwater to save transporting it from the Tenterfield township.

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Ms Reid said the project is being funded by generous donations, including from the club's coastal counterparts.

Some of the money raised from the Tenterfield club's Beerfest event back in March was earmarked for drought relief, as were proceeds of events such as the last monster street stall.

In her handover speech as outgoing club president in June, Skye Stapleton said much of the club's fundraising efforts have been coloured by the ongoing drought and then bushfires which have hit the community.

She said then that she feared the club's involvement in drought relief efforts will be required for an extended time, with Rotary having a key role to play.

If other property owners are in need of household water, Ms Reid encouraged them to get in touch to see how the club can help. Email rotarytenterfield@gmail.com.

"If anyone is running out of water, reach out to us," she said.

"And if others are in a position to donate toward the cause to help keep the deliveries going, we'll take that as well."

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