Shoalhaven City Council in association with local farmer John Henry has combined efforts to facilitate the distribution of hay bales to drought-stricken farmers across the state from a council-owned farm in Nowra.
The grass was identified as a wonderful asset to harvest for hay bales for those struggling farmers. This opportunity was made possible by Council donating the grass, John Henry giving of his time, machinery and fuel and other rural suppliers providing baling materials.
The first delivery of 100 hay bales has been distributed to farms in Dubbo and surrounding areas.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said the collaboration will allow for an estimated 3,000 bales to be produced from the site in Nowra.
“While the Shoalhaven still remains in what is referred to as a ‘green drought’ our western neighbours are facing horrific conditions and Council are doing their part to lessen the burden. ,” Clr Findley said.
“More than 10 years ago Council acquired Wondalga Farm, approximately 500 acres in Nowra and the site has been kept and maintained as a working farm.
“The site was originally kept as an asset for the potential future development of our water treatment plant, East Nowra Sub-Arterial Road and the expansion of the adjoining local high school.
“Council are extremely grateful to John Henry for his knowledge and skills during this process.”