On Saturday I was pleased to join scores of volunteers and farmers at Gollan for the region's monthly Hay Day - and it was a dusty one!
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Organised by Lions Club district drought relief coordinator - and Deputy Mayor of the Dubbo Region - Anne Jones, the day saw 600 bales of hay distributed to about 60 farmers from across the region.
Since the Hay Days began the region's Lions Clubs have raised more than $1.3 million and have distributed more than 9000 bales of hay!
The NSW Government is doing its part to make that money go as far as possible, with the NSW Rural Assistance Authority covering the transport costs - about $850,000 since the Hay Days began!
It was great to help tie down the bales on trucks on Saturday as the farmers came to collect the much-needed feed, which is crucial in keeping their breeding stock alive.
Having those stock on-hand will make all the difference in our farmers bouncing back when this drought finally breaks.
There were also care packages distributed and the wonderful ladies of the Wellington Lions Club made sure the farmers and volunteers got a feed before hitting the road for home. To date $800,000 worth of care packages have been distributed in our district alone!
The Lions must be commended for the terrific work they're doing to support our farmers through this horrific drought. Thank you!
On Sunday it was an early start as I helped hand out finishers' medals at the Dubbo Stampede. It's such a fantastic and unique event for our region.
Congratulations to everyone who took part; regardless of your time or distance, it's great to see so many people taking delight in being active!
Nominations are now open for the 2020 NSW Women of the Year Awards., recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution women across NSW make to their local communities.
There are seven state-wide awards and a local MP award.
The state-wide awards are: NSW Premier's Woman of the Year; NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year; Community Hero Award; Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year (for those aged 18-30); Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year; NSW Business Woman of the Year, and; the First State Super Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nominations for the state-wide awards close on Friday, October 25, 2019.
Go to https://facs.smartygrants.com.au/wotya for more information. Nominations for the local MP award close on Friday, November 29, and require the permission of the nominee.
Until next week,
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