Triple M’s Big Breakfast and Rural Aid are traveling through Western Queensland to Lend a Hand for the Land. We want to shorten the distance between city and country and support rural communities suffering through one of the worst droughts in recorded history by raising $500,000 to supply hay and water to Queensland farmers.
You can Lend a Hand for the Land by donating your cash, time, services, or goods. Funds raised will stay in Queensland and go directly to supplying hay and water where its most needed.
65% of Queensland is currently drought declared, and with below average rainfall and temperatures warmer than average, things are only getting worse. Lend a Hand for our Queensland farmers by donating bales of hay or water today.
All money raised through Lend a Hand for the Land will stay in Queensland to support the farmers in our backyard.
Rural Aid and Triple M Brisbane teamed up to bring the story of drought affected Queensland to the people of South East Queensland. See this video of the journey, the people, the sights and experiences.
You can also listen in to the highlights form the trip on the recordings below.
Charleville 27th August
“There’s dust absolutely everywhere” – Robin Bailey and the rest of the team talking about the situation in Charleville
Interview with David Jones, owner DJ’s Produce Store, speaking about the impact of the droughts on farmers as well as the economy of Charleville
Annie Liston, Mayor of Charleville, speaks about her community of farmers and local business owners in Charleville and what you can do in town when visiting
Snippets from Nick Cody’s comedy show the night before in the Charleville RSL
The Big Breakfast team reminiscing about the flight over from Brisbane to Charleville and meeting Magician Cosentino on the plane
St George 28th August
Megan Deshon, Farmer Dirranbandi, Megan talks about missing her sons and being in it for the long haul.
Frank Deshon, Farmer Dirranbandi, speaks about the impact of the drought on their farm in St George and how kangaroos are wandering in to their sheds to find shelter and die.
Anthony, Livestock Agent, speaks about visiting farms out west and the impact that the current conditions have on farmers mental health and their families.
The Big Breakfast team talks about how good it is to stay at the Motor Inn
Richard Marsh, Mayor St George, speaks about activities you can do as a tourist in St George.
Roma 29th August
Dianne Brumpton’s heartbreaking chat to Robin about the struggles that her and her husband are going through on their farm outside Roma
The Big Breakfast talks about how you can help our rural communities and Lend a Hand
Robin and Nick sits down with Mental Health worker Heather to talk about mental health and the importance of bringing laughter to the community
Brisbane 30th August
“A lot of people have asked me ‘Is it really that bad?’ – It’s worse..” – Robin Bailey
The week that was in Western drought-stricken Queensland
Go West and See the Country
Outback Queensland dishes up unbridled freedom and glorious solitude. Outback makes up more than half of Queensland.
The largest town in the Murweh Shire, Charleville is a must do. You will need a few days to visit the attractions and all thee is to see and do. Read more…
The biggest and best outback adventures start in Roma, located just half-a-days drive (476kms), or one hours flight, west of Brisbane. You can join an authentic tour of the biggest cattle saleyards in the southern hemisphere, wrap your arms around Queensland’s biggest bottle tree and learn about the discovery of oil and gas in Australia at The Big Rig, Roma. Read more…
Visit the home of the Ooline trees and their black orchids located within the Tregole National Park only 10km south of Morven. Read more…
Mitchell is situated on the banks on the Maranoa River. The economy relies heavily on agriculture, tourism, primary production such as cattle, sheep, cypress pine milling and a quarry with crops grown in the eastern part of the area. Read more…
Perched on the banks of the mighty Balonne River and towered by
beautiful river gums, St George is an oasis in the bush. Life here is easy with
the river the source of rest and play for the friendly locals who welcome
visitors to share their town. Get your bearings with a walk along the two
kilometre stretch of shady riverbank walkway flanking the town. Below the Jack
Taylor Weir is where explorer Major Thomas Mitchell crossed the Balonne River
back in 1846 and gave St George its name.
Keen anglers won’t be disappointed. The Balonne Shire has a reputation for the best inland fishing in Queensland, with no fewer than seven river systems traversing it. Settle in at the riverbank for a quiet afternoon in search of the great Murray cod and yellowbelly.
Down tree-lined streets you’ll find great coffee, gourmet delis, award-winning restaurants and quality pub grub. And don’t miss a visit to the most westerly winery in Queensland – Riversands. While away the afternoon with a free, personalised wine tasting at the cellar door followed by scones and homemade jam or a cheese platter and a glass of wine in their shady country garden.
You’ll have a whole new appreciation for the humble egg once you’ve visited The Unique Egg in St George. You’ll see the work of local character and artisan Steve Margaritis – ‘Stevie the Greek’ to his friends – and his talented daughter Panorea – who have created the world’s only display of carved, illuminated emu eggs.
See the Triple MMM team at the following venues
Sunday, Wondai Farm Rescue October 20/10/2019
Saturday, Dynoing for Drought Relief Comp November 02/11/2019
26 Raws Cres, Hume ACT 2620, Australia 9:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M
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