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Buy a bale and put on an Aussie roast

Lightning Ridge farmer Doug Wilson with Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair at the Buy a Bale hay drop at Lightning Ridge in November. THE work of Aussie farmers will be celebrated on Buy a Bale day on March 23.
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The charity is encouraging city and country folk to think of farmers for the day and put on a family roast to support Australian agriculture.

Buy a Bale chief executive officer Charles Alder said promote the great Aussie roast campaign could lead to more understanding about where food comes from and how it’s produced.

The charity has designed a Great Aussie Roast placemat featuring 32 questions about Australian agriculture.

“The concept of sharing an Aussie roast is really about supporting our Australian farmers andappreciating the quality of the Australian produce that we’re so lucky to eat, whether it be chicken, beef, pork or lamb,” Mr Alder said.

“The food we eat isproduced with farmers who live without any form of subsidy or financial support and it’s a family community committed to growing the best produce.

”We’re alsoencouraging people todress up as farmers for the day and toss in a gold coin for Buy a Bale.”

The charity has raised more than$3.2 million for farmerscommunities in drought since its establishment in June 2013.

Between 150,000 and160,000 bales of hay have been donated to drought-stricken farmers, from Broken Hill, Walgett and Lightning Ridge in NSW to Charters Towers, Mt Isa and Richmond in Queensland.

“Buy a Bale has been successful in raising awareness in the community of a very cost-effective way to hep people in the bush,” Mr Alder said.

“Our biggest single donation was $50,000 but we have thousands of Australians who$20 to us to buy a bale each month.

“That’s what they can afford butthose $20 amounts all add up.”

Mr Alder said hay drives werestill the main focus for the charity, but it also provided help to those in droughtthrough supplyingfinancial assistance and labour.

“We’restill working very hard, whether we’redelivering hay week in, week out, or supplying volunteers to do work on farms with organisations likeBlazeAid.”

Buy a Bale’s next project will focus on taking tradies to the bush.

“In some communitiesthey don’t have enough qualitied tradespeople to do the work required sowe’re working with Master Builders Australia and the Master Plumbers Association toget trades out there in the bush,” Mr Alder said.

“Often people will put those things off. Theydon’t fix the hole in the wall or change a powerpoint because they’ve got to feed the cattle or sheep to keep income going.”

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