SANTA might have finished his gift giving but for the farming community of south west Queensland, they’re about to get a visit from their version of the man in red.
Burrumbuttock Hay Runners organiser Brendan Farrell and a convoy of 150 trucks will arrive at the Cunnamulla Showgrounds from 3pm on Australia Day to give much needed fodder supplies to drought-stricken farmers in the area.
Mr Farrell approached the Paroo Shire Council wanting to support the small town which hasn’t had decent rainfall in six to seven years.
Paroo Shire Council CEO Oliver Simon, who will lead the event along with locals Jess Thompson and Liz Land, said it was fitting to have such a supportive gesture take place on Australia Day.
“It’s very dry, very dusty and we have got average temperatures around 38 and 40 degrees,” he said.
“You know it is tough when you have got roos coming into town to feed off the gardens.
“It is going to bring a lot of joy to our graziers.”
About 450 to 600 people are expected with organisers planning entertainment and catering at the event.