Country spirit shines as Upper Great Southern convoy delivers hay to farmers in Perth bushfire zone

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A convoy of trucks bearing a special delivery from the Upper Great Southern.
Camera IconA convoy of trucks bearing a special delivery from the Upper Great Southern. Credit: Robyn Murray Photography, Beverley

Farmers and truckies from the Upper Great Southern have made a special delivery to the Perth Hills bushfire disaster zone.

A convoy of trucks stacked with hay left from Pingelly on Saturday, organised by Pingelly’s Peter Warburton from Warby’s Transport.

The fleet of 14 trucks carried 620 bales of fodder to Perth to lend a helping hand for farmers who had lost feed for their stock in the fires.

Mr Warburton said it was an example of country spirit and the generosity of people in regional WA.

“It started out as a message to a few people on Snapchat and a few WhatsApp groups, and it just grew from there,” he said.

“We worked out there were over 33 people who donated fodder.

“All the drivers donated their time, people donated money for fuel and trucks, people donated loaders and equipment to get the hay off.”

The hay came from farms and hay companies in towns including Kojonup, Wagin, Williams, Pingelly, Boddington, Bridgetown, Narrogin, Cuballing and Brookton. “It will get these guys back on track caring for their animals,” Mr Warburton said.

“It’s about their wellbeing as well — they have lost every-thing and with their animals looked after and fed now they can have time to look after themselves.”

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