Hands-on help for Kingaroy

RACQ Foundation volunteers headed out west to help drought-affected farmers

A convoy of RACQ mechanics and staff have provided hands-on, practical help for farmers who continued to battle with the crippling drought in the South Burnett region of Queensland.

RACQ Foundation spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the visit was part of RACQ Foundation’s Drought Assistance Project, which has partnered with Connecting Communities Australia.

“The South Burnett region may only be a few hours from Brisbane, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t impacted by drought. When farmers are working overtime to manage their stock in these weather conditions, those little jobs like fencing, or painting the house fall by the wayside – which is why we’re happy to help,” Ms Ross said.

“Over the week-long event, our volunteers visited seven dairy farms, erected three kilometres of fencing, painted buildings, resurrected gardens and completed 42 mechanical service jobs.

“From fixing tractors to chainsaws and completing overdue services on much-used farm utes, our mechanics and volunteers have done a stellar job. But it wasn’t always about hard labour, some of the most rewarding jobs were simply to be there for a cuppa and chat with the locals.”

Retired RACQ mechanic Peter Duce has spent the week under the hoods of tractors, harvesters, vehicles and motorbikes and said property owners had expressed gratitude for the help.

“I’ve been on a few of these trips now and we really get a kick out of the getting in and getting the work done for these communities,” Mr Duce said.

“It’s not going to stop the drought but if it means we can ease some of the burden for these Queenslanders and keep them in safe vehicles and machinery then we’ve done our little bit for the bush.”