The Bale Out Fodder Appeal has delivered more than 35 tonnes of hay to help victims of the Wunghnu Complex fire feed stock.DARREN LINTON February 28, 2014 5:23am
The fire burned through more than 9000
The fire destroyed about 500 bales on his Labuan Rd dairy and cropping property.
‘‘That kept them going for a little while, every little bit helps,’’ he said.
Mr Simpson said a church group from Kyabram also helped out for a day clearing damaged fencing.
‘‘We’re still cleaning up, still picking up trees and pulling out stumps,’’ he said.
The Bale Out Fodder Appeal closes today, but organiser Don Butler said money already banked would be used to continue to provide emergency feed where it was needed.
To date, 72 large bales have been distributed in the fire-affected areas.
News readers helped out the appeal on Friday last week, with 10¢ from every newspaper copy sold going to help the fire recovery.
‘‘The response has just blown me away, I’ve never done anything like this in my life,’’ Mr Butler said.
‘‘The number of donations from the public has been amazing.’’
Victorian Farmers Federation has also been overwhelmed with the generosity shown to fire-affected communities across the state.
‘‘I’d like to publicly thank the hundreds of farmers, organisations and community groups who’ve banded together to donate semi loads of fodder to fire-affected farmers,’’ federation president Peter Tuohey said.
‘‘People have offered to donate more than 1600 tonnes of fodder, far exceeding our expectations.’’
The federation and Lions Club volunteers had co-ordinated delivery of 700 tonnes to about 89 properties in the Morwell, Yarram, Buchan, Bonang, Kilmore-Wallan and Wunghnu regions.
Budding Kyabram actor Taylor Smith Morvell is one of 20 Victorian students chosen to perform his Year 12 theatre studies monologue in Melbourne next week.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
This year's Southern 80 ski race has reaped an estimated $36.2 million for the district economy.
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service has increased its radiology services from two to four days a week.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Leitchville-Gunbower at home was too strong for Heathcote’s senior footballers in their first Good Friday clash.
Huge crowds turned out for Cobram Barooga's River Beaches Festival, which featured a special splash for 2000 rubber ducks.
South West Arts ArtOut will be held again in 2015 after last weekend's inaugural success.
Some of Australia’s greatest horses and just a few racetrack characters have appeared at the Benalla Racing Club’s grounds in its 150-year history.
Benalla's Kevin Harper will be honoured in the motorcade lap of honour at Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow for his service during the Korean War.
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