Rapid Relief Team (RRT) has made the next stop in the New South Wales Central West today to give help, hope and a hand to drought-affected farmers in Condobolin through their Farmers Community Connect, delivering of 100 tonnes of donated animal feed as well as bringing together much needed services for the local community.

As part of RRT’s ongoing Operation Drought Relief, volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC) have distributed over 400 bulker-bags of livestock supplement to 400 farmers in Tullamore, Nymagee and Condobolin greater areas.

Collectively, 100 tonnes of high fibre pellets were transported 300 kilometres across the state and will feed some 1500 livestock for a week.

The ODR Farmers Community Connect event today in Condobolin brought together farmers and support services at Condobolin Showground including:

  • Lachlan Shire Council – administering micro chipping to all Working Dogs.
  • RSPCA – veterinarian support and administering parvovirus vaccines.
  • Rural Adversity Mental Health Program.
  • Western NSW Local Health District Drought Support Team.
  • Country Women’s Association – Food packages.
  • Department of Primary Industries:
    • Rural Resilience Program
    • Drought Assistance Applications
    • Farm Innovation Fund information
    • Transport Subsidies consultant
  • Condobolin Community Health.
  • National Association for Loss and Grief.
  • Rural Financial Counsellors.
  • Suicide Prevention Officers.

Will Small, RRT Lake Cargelligo Team Leader from the PBCC said Christian values of care and compassion motivated them to help farmers across drought-stricken NSW.

“Hosting the Farmers Community Connect was about bringing together our farmers and bringing together a community to have a bite to eat, a chat with mates and support each other through some ongoing tough times,” Mr Small said.

“It was great to have support from Federal and State Government departments, veterinarians, rural financial counsellors and mental health services on the ground because drought affects peoples’ livelihoods and their entire lives.

“This journey across the Central West has distributed 100 tonnes of feed for cattle and sheep for our state farmers in rural New South Wales, but we are really proud of how it has brought people together.

“As Christians it is our nature to help the community especially those who need a hand – it’s been a long and devastating drought, so we hope the feed goes some ways to bring relief where it is needed most.

“Our values of care and compassion are what motivate us, it gets our volunteers up early to help farmers collect their bulker bag of feed and to bring some hope and cheer to farming families in the Central West.”

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said it was important for Australians to continue to support each other as his electorate continues to endure the longstanding drought.

“I commend the RRT on their initiative today, which has brought the community together, and represents another helping hand for local farmers and their families,” Mr Coulton said.

RRT is the charitable arm of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church and is made possible by church volunteers who lend a hand at emergency service operations, fundraisers, community events and more.

Every day in some small way, RRT volunteers offer a helping hand to those in need. For more information about the Rapid Relief Team, go to https://www.rapidreliefteam.org/