Drought relief: Bangalow and Mullum join forces

Drought conditions have seen farmers struggling to feed their animals over the last few months. File photo

Aslan Shand

Recognising that working together they can do more for drought-affected communities the Bangalow and Mullumbimby chambers of commerce have joined forces to provide help to the shire of Gwydir in the New England region of NSW.

‘Clearly the main things coming out of this are the need for fodder to feed animals and providing assistance to families filling out complicated government forms,’ said presidents Jo Miller from Bangalow and Jenelle Stanford from the Mullumbimby chamber.

Both towns will continue to fundraise separately for drought relief over the coming months.

Mullum digs deep

The Mullumbimby Chamber has raised more than $3,000 in the last few weeks through a combination of their Dress Like a Farmer day, school mufti days and general donations.

The money raised on August 22 by Mullumbimby High School, Primary School and general donations have been given to the Bingara school.

‘The whole town got really involved in the fundraising. It was so good to see the town so passionate about helping people in another community,’ said Jenelle.

Further donations have been directed towards assisting families and farmers in the region.

Bangalow gets baling

In the mean time Bangalow Chamber are baling lots of fodder to be sent out but are looking for financial support owing to the high costs.

‘We are still looking for more donated pasture for baling, so please get in touch if you know of any,’ said Jo Millar, Banglow’s chamber president.

‘If other local chambers would like to get involved they are very welcome,’ said Jo and Jenelle.

Anyone wishing to donate to the drought relief can contribute at the various locations throughout the towns, contact the chambers, or deposit money into the Bangalow Chamber via Bank account: BSB 728728, account number: 22321405 or Mullumbimby Chamber via BSB: 722744, account number: 100125743.

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