Council and community helping local farmers during the NSW drought

With many local farmers suffering from the NSW drought conditions, Hawkesbury City Council has made a commitment to support local farmers by selling lucerne silage rolls, which are produced at its McGraths Hill Treatment Plant using recycled water. The silage rolls will be available at cost for only $48 each over the next six months.

Council wants to help Hawkesbury farmers who are struggling, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert said.

“This initiative aims to help farmers in need to get cheaper fodder for their starving livestock,” the Mayor said.

“The price of $48 per silage roll represents a significant subsidy by Council on the rolls in recognition of the adverse circumstances that many of our primary producers currently face.

“Council will also donate all funds raised from any additional financial contributions, including money donated by Council staff, 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 so they are eligible to receive support whether its hands-on, financial or emotional. There are 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,” the Mayor said.

“Large amounts of fodder are coming from as far as Western Australia and Tasmania to NSW, and it is clear that NSW farmers are in desperate need for livestock feed, fuel, drinking water and basic supplies.

“It’s wonderful that our community is supporting many of the local initiatives that are running to help farmers during the drought.”

Expressions of Interest

Hawkesbury farmers are required to complete an Expression of Interest on Council’s website to buy silage rolls. To be eligible to buy the silage rolls farmers must be:

  • A local Hawkesbury farmer who owns or works a property in the Hawkesbury Local Government Area
  • Registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a primary producer
  • Committed to using the silage rolls for Hawkesbury stock and not on-selling to a third party
  • Responsible for collecting the silage rolls from the McGraths Hills Treatment Plant using own transport
  • Available to pick up the silage rolls during the nominated time period.

Farmers are encouraged to consult with a vet to ensure the suitability of the silage for their livestock.

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