RRT Operation Drought Relief host Farmers Community Connect event

Farmers in the Condobolin region were given a helping hand on Thursday as part of the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) Operation Drought Relief. Through the Farmers Community Connect, the RRT delivered 100 tonnes of donated animal feed.

The total operation is part of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC) work in distributing over 400 bulker-bags of livestock supplement to 400 farmers in Tullamore, Nymagee and Condobolin areas.

Collectively, 100 tonnes of high fibre pellets were transported 300 kilometres across the state and will feed some 1500 livestock for a week.

Condobolin farmer Peter Maxwell was at the drought relief event on the Thursday and received a bulker bag of feed. If used strategically, Mr Maxwell said the feed, and a bit more, will keep the rams in good order.

"So when things do turn around and I decide to join some ewes, the rams will be in good enough condition that they will go to work and that will mean we get some lambs and there will be an income later on," he explained.

The Condobolin farmer said it was "invaluable" to have the RRT come through for the event, which included local services offering support.

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Some of the services included the RSPCA, Department of Primary Industries, Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, Country Women's Association and Condobolin Community Health.

Mr Maxwell has had to de-stock and hasn't been able to put in a crop for three years. From 2010 to 2016 was a time when they couldn't do a thing wrong, Mr Maxwell said.

"And perhaps these last three years has been really paying the piper," he added. "But that doesn't make it a whole lot easier."

RRT Lake Cargellico team leader Will Small,from the PBCC, said hosting the event was about bringing together farmers and community to support one another other through some ongoing tough times

"It was great to have support from Federal and State Government departments, veterinarians, rural financial counsellors and mental health services on the ground because drought affects peoples' livelihoods and their entire lives," he added.

"This journey across the Central West has distributed 100 tonnes of feed for cattle and sheep for our state farmers in rural New South Wales, but we are really proud of how it has brought people together."

Parkes MP Mark Coulton said it was important for Australians to continue to support each other as through the longstanding drought.

"I commend the RRT on their initiative today, which has brought the community together, and represents another helping hand for local farmers and their families," he said.

RRT is the charitable arm of the PBCC and is made possible by church volunteers who lend a hand at emergency service operations, fundraisers and more.