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Hay, what a relief on Western Downs

HELP PILED HIGH: Natasha Johnston and Nicki Blackwell help unload three trailers of hay in preparation for Hay Day, which will help farmers across the Chinchilla region.
HELP PILED HIGH: Natasha Johnston and Nicki Blackwell help unload three trailers of hay in preparation for Hay Day, which will help farmers across the Chinchilla region. Emma Heron

THERE would be few sights more beautiful to a Western Downs farmer than three trailers stacked with golden hay rolling into town.

The news that about 40 farmers from across the region will soon be feeding their stock with the free hay is likely to be even sweeter.

Within the next month, Aussie Helpers and Chinchilla Community Drought Fundraiser organisers Natasha Johnston and Nicki Blackwell will host a Chinchilla Hay Day.

At the event all 288 hay bales, along with pamper packs and food, will be handed out to struggling farming families in the worst drought-affected Western Downs regions.

Mrs Johnston estimated the event would cost about $40,000 to host, nearly the exact amount donated to Aussie Helpers after Chinchilla's Gala Dinner fundraiser last month.

"We are so excited about this event and can't wait to see the look on the farmers' faces when they are loaded up with their goodies," Mrs Johnston said.

"The community have been so generous and this will be a time when they will be able to see where all of their generosity is going.

"We still have plenty more planned for fundraising after the Hay Day too."

Chinchilla's hay delivery beat the weekend rain and arrived last Saturday.

At about 100kg a bale, the men tasked with the heavy lifting earned their knock-off drinks.

 The date for the Chinchilla Hay Day is yet to be confirmed.

Topics:  farming hay western downs