Cobar welcomes hay running heroes

A convoy of 47 trucks of Western Australian Farmers Across Borders volunteers carrying 3,000 tonnes of feed linked up with 30 more trucks organised by the Victorian Lions Club’s Need for Feed project in Cobar on Australia Day. The group brought some much needed assistance (and also some hope) to local farmers who are doing it tough in the drought. Local landholder, and Cobar Shire councillor, Chris Lehmann was there to meet the WA and Victorian visitors when they arrived in town just after 2.30pm on Saturday. “They’re doing a great thing and you can’t thank them enough,” Chris said. It was the sentiment echoed by the locals who turned out in the main street to see the convoy pass through and those who attended the community reception at the Cobar Rugby Union Club. The trip took Farmers Across Borders’ organisers Sam Starcevich and Anne Bell months to organise and is one of the biggest convoys to have travelled from WA to the eastern states. Distribution of the donated hay began on Sunday to local depots. It is hoped the Need for Feed project will return to Cobar again in the future.