Rain is here but drought not over: RACQ Foundation

A team of RACQ Foundation volunteers has arrived in Charleville to help drought affected farmers get back on their feet.

RACQ Foundation spokesperson Renee Smith said more than 80 percent of Queensland remained in drought, with some areas without consistent rain for five years.

“Many people living on the land are struggling financially and RACQ Foundation wants them to know they’re not alone,” Ms Smith said.

“Our team of six volunteers will spend this week restoring and repairing farming equipment to help ease the burden, including tractors, buggies, 4WDs, pumps and generators. They’ll also be staying with farmers to help boost spirits.”

Ms Smith said the Charleville Drought Project followed a similar volunteer trip to Longreach in March, carried out in conjunction with Frontier Services and Qantas.

“It’s heart-warming to see these organisations willing to volunteer their time once again. In addition Rotary Australia is this week sending volunteers to Charleville,” she said.

Ms Smith said the impact of drought could be devastating not just to land and livestock but to the emotional state of many farming families.

“There has been some rainfall in western and central Queensland but there’s not enough for grass to grow and for farmers to re-stock their properties,” she said.

Ms Smith said community groups in drought-stricken areas could also access funding of up to $200,000 from RACQ Foundation, with applications closing 7 October.

Application forms are available at www.racq.com/foundation.

The RACQ Foundation was set up in response to the 2011 floods to assist victims of natural disasters. Since its inception, more than $7 million has been donated to 160 community organisations across Queensland.