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Some of the WA road trains involved in a cross-country convoy to deliver hay to drought-affected farmers in NSW. (Supplied: Tony York)
An enormous convoy of about 20 street trains laden with 2,000 bales of hay is en route from outback Western Australia to drought-stricken farmers in New South Wales.
The large cross-country assist effort, organised by the Speedy Aid Staff (RRT) charity, consists of 1,000 tonnes of hay price $500,000 — which is sufficient to feed 1,000 cows or 20,000 sheep for a fortnight.
About 16 vans left Northam in WA’s Wheatbelt early on Monday, with the remaining vans to hitch them alongside the route.
The convoy will journey throughout the Nullarbor, a journey of greater than 3,500 kilometres, arriving in Condobolin in NSW’s Central West on Friday.
RRT spokesman Alex Sharpe mentioned it had taken lower than every week to place the help convoy collectively.
“We have carried out a hoop round and we have gotten vans from individuals we knew and [from] individuals who knew individuals and rattled up some vans and farmers and hay suppliers — and it is come collectively fairly shortly,” he mentioned.
Mr Sharpe mentioned communities, farmers and companies had rallied.
“It is superb — I can say with certainty that everybody concerned is completely passionate and eager to be on board,” Mr Sharpe mentioned.
“Among the drivers are donating their time, some are doing a route they would not usually do, others are driving for firms however normally they’ve personally put their hand up.”
All of NSW is officially in drought. (ABC News: David Marchese)
He mentioned many WA farmers had their very own reminiscences of drought and have been tremendously sympathetic to the plight of farmers on the east coast.
“We have seen a variety of pretty emotional individuals on the market this morning which might be speaking first-hand about their drought experiences,” Mr Sharpe mentioned.
Managing director of trucking agency Watsons Logistics and Transport Robert Watson mentioned his firm had donated two vans stuffed with hay, about 80 tonnes, to the convoy.
WA trucking firm Watsons Logistics & Transport is part of the cross-country convoy. (Supplied: Watsons Logistics & Transport)
“There’s not a lot we are able to do from Western Australia often, however that is one thing we are able to accomplish that we put our hand up,” he mentioned.
He mentioned it was necessary that WA do its half in serving to these within the east.
“It is Australia and everybody will get collectively and helps out,” he mentioned.
NSW final week introduced “100 per cent” of the state was in drought, with nearly 1 / 4 of that in intense drought.
Autumn was the driest on file for a lot of previous of NSW and it was the driest July for elements of the central west.