22 November 2018

Mayoral Column

I was glad to see Hawkesbury farmers showed up with their utes and trailers at McGraths Hill Waste Management Facility recently, loading up cheap silage rolls. The rolls are being sold at cost by Hawkesbury City Council as part of a drought assistance effort, by selling the lucerne silage rolls for only $48 each. They are grown using recycled water at the Facility.

This initiative aims to help farmers get cheaper fodder for their starving livestock. The price of $48 per silage roll represents a significant subsidy from Council in recognition of the adverse circumstances that many of our primary producers are currently facing.

Council is subsidising the cost of the silage up to $30,000. Council will also donate all funds raised from any additional financial contributions, including money donated by Council staff and from the community at Council events, to Buy a Bale.

Buy a Bale has assured Council that all money raised in the Hawkesbury will be directed back to our local farmers.

Council is also encouraging local farmers to sign up to Buy a Bale themselves so they are eligible to receive support whether its hands-on, financial or emotional. There are also donation boxes for the community to donate to Buy a Bale at Council’s Administration Building, 366 George Street, Windsor.

Not only is this drought placing a financial burden on farming families, but it puts a huge emotional toll on every family member and our farming communities.

NSW farmers are in desperate need right now for livestock feed, fuel, drinking water and basic supplies. Our community has rallied around our local farmers by supporting many local initiatives during this drought.

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