Operation Drought Relief was due to arrive in the southwest next month, but organisers Rapid Relief Team have been forced to postpone the trip.
Operation Drought Relief was due to arrive in the southwest next month, but organisers Rapid Relief Team have been forced to postpone the trip.

No feed for farmers as coronavirus forces donors to cancel

TONNES of free stockfeed won't arrive in the southwest, as restrictions on travel and gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic hit rural volunteers.

Rapid Relief Team had planned to bring their Farmers Community Connect events to St George and Roma next month, along with truckloads of fodder pellets for local livestock, but have been forced to postpone.

RRT managing director Ron Ackroll said the decision to stop their convoy was a sad one for the charity, but he hopes a new date can be set.

"Due to new government regulations in response to COVID-19, the Rapid Relief Team is sad to confirm that planned Operation Drought Relief Farmers Community Connect events in St George and Roma next week, on April 2 and 3 respectively, have had to be postponed," Mr Ackroll said.

"The health and safety of both the public and our volunteers is paramount, so while this decision is a hard one, we understand it is necessary.

"RRT is very much committed to continuing our longstanding support for drought affected communities in Queensland.

"As soon as regulations are lifted, RRT will be rescheduling its Farmers Community Connect events to ensure that farmers in St George and Roma can receive their 1 tonne bulk bags of livestock pellets."

As well as the fodder drop, the Rapid Relief Team was set to bring along support services including veterinarians, rural financial counsellors, and mental health counsellors under their Farmers' Community Connect initiative.


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