Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he has received a number of inquiries from constituents asking how they can help South Australia’s drought-stricken farmers.
“I am constantly humbled by the willingness of people to help others in tough times and there are farmers in some areas of South Australia who are going through very tough times.
“In some parts of the State farmers are in dire straits with no feed for their stock and a number of people have specifically asked where they can donate to ensure the aid reaches South Australian farmers. I have contacted two organisations that I believe will best satisfy those conditions.
“Follwing my contact with the Buy a Bale organisation, which is raising money to assist drought-affected farmers in NSW and Queensland, they have now committed to expanding their operations into South Australia.
“Buy A Bale Rural Aid Manager, Wayne Thompson has informed me that as from next week South Australia will be added to their website so farmers can register for aid from this organisation.
“This will be happening in the next few days, so people in South Australia who want to donate can do so to support their local farmers,” Mr Thomson said.
“Those looking to assist can donate to this organisation from their website buyabale.com.au. and donations over $2 are tax deductible. I strongly encourage farmers needing immediate assistance to register,” Mr Ramsey said.
“The other option to donate to the drought locally is “Locals Helping Locals’ on Eyre Peninsula.
“A Charitable Trust is being established in a partnership between Epic Grain Brokers and Mentally Fit EP that will see farmers from southern Eyre Peninsula, where seasonal conditions are favourable, donating their post-harvest residues for baling and transport to those in need of aid.
“Finance will be needed to pay baling contractors and for transport and this is where members of the public can make a real difference with a local problem.
“Steve Whillas from Epic Grain Brokers has set up a charitable trust and monetary donations to support this can be made through the Mentally Fit EP Facebook page.”
“I congratulate Epic and Mentally Fit EP on their initiative and encourage farmers to register if they need any stockfeed or other needs.”
Media contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744
August 17 2018