The owner of a local truck company has put up his hand to join a convoy of trucks laden with fodder on a special mission to the state’s fire-ravaged Central West.
A group of truckies from Southern NSW are organising a fodder run to leave Cootamundra on Saturday, February 18, destined for Coolah. Adrian Jones, the director of Jones Transport Yass, did not hesitate to get involved.
He will send four trucks driven by local drivers, containing hay donated from Yass Valley farmers, to help out those devastated by the catastrophic bushfires that tore through the Central West at the weekend.
“We will have four trucks leaving Yass on Saturday. Drivers have donated their time and donations of fodder are coming in. Every bit helps,” Adrian said.
“I’ve seen first hand how fires can affect families and communities and I just wanted to help in some way.”
The organisers of the fodder run started a page Helping Hand for a Mate on the Land on Facebook earlier this week and have been overwhelmed by donations. There is no minimum or maximum amount of fodder farmers can donate and they are also accepting both round and square bales of hay.
The full extent of the devastation from the fires near Coolah, Dunedoo and Cassilis is yet to be known. Many farmers have lost everything and others are struggling to find fodder to feed the livestock that could be saved.
Anyone in the Yass area who would like to donate fodder or money to be used for fuel can contact Adrian on 0427 261 589.