Volunteers return to assist Longreach farmers

RACQ Foundation has again funded a team of volunteers to assist Longreach farmers hit hard by the drought.

It followed a similar project in May last year where six RACQ mechanics spent one week living on properties surrounding Longreach, helping fix farming equipment, vehicles and other machinery.

RACQ Foundation spokesperson Renee Smith said 70 percent of Queensland remained in drought, and it was vital farmers received the support they needed.

“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 nine volunteers will spend this week restoring and repairing farming equipment to help ease the burden. This will include fixing vehicles, motorbikes and quads that enable these farmers to make a living.

“They’ll also assist with tasks such as painting, fencing, feeding livestock and gardening.”

Ms Smith said the Longreach Drought Assistance Project would be carried out in conjunction with Frontier Services and Qantas.

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.

For more information on RACQ Foundation visit www.racq.com/foundation.