Shoalhaven bales out farmers

THE Shoalhaven community has donated almost $8000 in three days to send stock-feed to farms in western NSW.

Farmers impacted by the drought continue to struggle emotionally and financially. 

Nowra businessman David Bennett’s daughter Stephanie is struggling to keep a farm in Coonamble afloat.

Her wheat crop failed and her cattle are starving.

Mr Bennett wanted to help her and set about raising money to buy silage bales from local farms.

His friend, Nowra TNT agent Jason Schuman, quickly joined him, offering two trucks to transport the feed.

“We have secured 80 round bales of silage from a farmer in Jaspers Brush,” Mr Bennett said.

“But it has been the willingness of this community and the speed at which they helped out that has touched my heart.

“I’ve had people donate $1000 in one go and we’ve had a 10-year-old girl empty her purse of just a few dollars to put toward this.

“The local community has been fantastic, it’s unreal.

“If we get enough we will be going again,” he said.

For most people the view of the drought in NSW is that brought to them by the media.

Not so for Mr Schuman, who travels through some of the worst hit areas as a truck driver.

“I have wanted to help them out there for a long time and this is a good way to help.

“So many people from around Nowra have got behind this in a very short period of time.

“Douglas Transport and Godlewski Transport have both lent me trailers to take the bales out there.

“We hope to leave here at 2am Saturday morning,” he said.

Donations are also able to be received via direct deposit to Mr David Bennett BSB 012 787 A/C No. 497404683 ref: Donate a Bale.

Or phone David Bennett on 0412 680 356.

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