Make It Bale Out project raises funds for 94 large bales of fodder

Who needs glasses then? Mayor Peter Petty drew the winning names, but needed Carmel Higgins to check the ticket.
Who needs glasses then? Mayor Peter Petty drew the winning names, but needed Carmel Higgins to check the ticket.

More than $5200 has been raised through raffle ticket sales and donations to bring fodder from Casino to farmers who have lost their livestock feed through drought and fire.

The Make It Bale Out project, driven by Make It Tenterfield, picked up pace when the recent spate of fires hit. Members have worked hard to reach as many people as possible, particularly visitors to town through the Peter Allen Festival and Saturday's Haddington Bike Show and Fete, to raise funds for the cause.

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Organiser Carmel Higgins said the funds equate to around 94 large round bales of the sugarcane tops to be brought in from Casino, with another 40 bales to be donated by the hay supplier Damien Macrae.

The Salvation Army's Joel Soper has been charged with distributing the hay, and there will be a ballot draw if there are more takers than bales available.

Mayor Peter Petty will organise council vehicles to collect the hay from Casino, but when depends on the reopening of the Bruxner Highway as the danger of falling trees abates.

In the meantime, Leigh Campbell won the raffle draw for the original two bales donated by Laurie Bell, with Anne Ovenden now the owner of a handcrafted kangaroo leather handbag, made by Ms Higgins.

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