The majority of talk about farmers enduring drought conditions in recent years has been a focus on NSW and SE Queensland. They are not the only ones experiencing drought conditions. Farmers on the east coast of Tasmania have been experiencing dry conditions for some time now. This prompted two long standing members of the ACC and the Tasmanian Branch – the Tassie Travellers, Bernie Barnwell and Denis Pitt, to lodge an application for funds under the ACC Drought Assistance Support program. Their application was successful and they are pleased to have been able to present a cheque for $350.00 to the Tasmanian Rural Relief Fund.
The Rural Relief Fund was established in 2000 by Rural Business Tasmania to operate a charitable fund for Tasmania’s rural community. Donations to the fund are used to support Tasmanian rural families who may be doing it tough especially at times of drought, bushfire and flood.
“100% of donations to the Fund go to Tasmanian families.” said Susan Renton, the programs manager for Rural Business Tasmania, based in Launceston. “Donated funds are provided to assist drought stricken farmers cover essential household bills as well as necessary feed and fodder for their animals. The fund is administered through an Assessment Panel who review the farmer’s application and make a determination on assistance to be provided. The funds provided by your Club will go towards helping a needy farmer with basic food products, pay an electricity bill, purchase fuel or purchase feed for their animals.” Susan Renton said.
Tassie Travellers President, Ed Glover said, “Many of our Club members may find it surprising that areas of Tasmania are in drought but this is definitely the case, especially on our east coast. Rainfall has been minimal at best and many of our farmers are doing it tough. The donation our branch was able to make to the Rural Relief Fund, due to the ACC Drought Assistance Support program will go some way in alleviating the stress our farmers on the east coast are currently experiencing.”
“This is another example of how the ACC is assisting our farmers who are doing it tough.” said ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey. We continue to encourage branches and members to think about how you can help out a rural family, community groups or a rural assistance body. Applications are still open, so don’t miss this opportunity. For more information and guidelines visit the ACC website and go to The Club > Club Documents > ACC Drought Assistance Support Guidelines.