Unfortunately the drought through Western Qld enters its fifth year with little chance of rain forecast in the immediate term. The only saving grace for many properties is that their water catchments were topped up through the winter.
We know the coast is dry, but with the months of December and January averaging over 40 degrees every day in Longreach, we don’t know how lucky we are on the coast.
People are now being evicted in handcuffs from some properties by the banks, which is gut wrenching, not to mention the suicides I have heard about.
I thought that after 18 months of delivering about $70,00 worth of food hampers to Longreach that my job would have ceased, but I nearly have another load ready to leave.
If anyone is going that way or through Chinchilla could they please let me know, as it would be a great help. (I have already clocked up 14,000kms of fuel and time.)
I believe we must keep helping those that don’t qualify for Household Support and there are just no jobs they can go to.
I must thank all that contributed to the trolley at Tin Can Bay IGA and thank you Joorie for your assistance. The Rainbow Beach IGA have been most helpful, Betty Freeman, Mitchells Fruit and Veg, Cooloola Wholesalers – thank you all for helping with our December delivery.
Also thank you to those that contributed to our donation tins over Christmas, especially RB Pharmacy and Ed’s Bakery. Let’s hope the tins don’t have to appear again.
If anyone would like to donate to the drought cause, donations can be left at the IGAs and receipts will be supplied.
To find out more contact Tony Stewart, RB Droughtrunners on 0408767930.