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Bale-ing out fire-affected farmers

Shepparton Marketplace and Goulburn Murray Credit Union have created the Bale Out Fodder Appeal to help farmers affected by fires in the region this week.

CHLOE WARBURTON February 15, 2014 4:56am

Driving Bale Out Fodder Appeal: The News' Andrew Pogue, Shepparton Marketplace's Don Butler and Goulburn Murray Credit Union's Rene Deen.

Although the fires at Wunghnu, Numurkah and Bunbartha are extinguished, many farmers have been left to pick up the pieces — and here’s your chance to help.

Shepparton Marketplace and Goulburn Murray Credit Union have created the Bale Out Fodder Appeal to help farmers affected by the fires.

Each pledged $1000 and will also co-ordinate further donations from the public.

Monetary donations can be made at any GMCU branch and will be given to Numurkah Recovery Centre, and the fodder will be stored at Shepparton Marketplace’s car park until it can be picked up.

GMCU general manager Rene Deen said now was the time to come together as a community and help.

‘‘We’ve got a branch in Numurkah, so a lot of people who have been affected by the fire bank with us,’’ he said.

‘‘You have to have a bit of sympathy — first it was floods and now it’s fire.’’

Shepparton Marketplace centre manager Don Butler said it was important to support farmers in their time of need and many people were helping to make the drive happen.

‘‘We want to thank the Goulburn Murray Credit Union, Scott’s Transport, Bobby Brook from the Recovery Centre, Mackin Forklifts, and Shepparton Show Me,’’ he said.


To make a donation to help farmers affected by the fires, head into any Goulburn Murray Credit Union branch.


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