COUNCIL BACKS RURAL WATER RELIEF PROJECT

Dubbo Regional Council will provide an estimated six million litres of potable water to assist local farming families under the state-wide Litres for the Land relief project.

Mayor Councillor Ben Shields last week met with members of the Australian Defence Force veterans’ disaster relief organisation Team Rubicon who are co-ordinating Operation Goldsworthy with Clubs NSW and supported with fundraising by radio station 2GB.

And fellow councillors this week backed his Mayoral Minute to supply potable water through Council’s standpipes at an estimated cost of $25,000.

Team Rubicon will arrange with local carters to take much-needed potable water to farmers in dire need of water to replenish empty tanks for essential every-day household use.

“This is a wonderful initiative by Team Rubicon and Clubs NSW to supply potable water to drought-stricken farmers in the Dubbo Region,” Cr Shields said.

“Our farmers are doing it tough and by supporting them through these difficult times, we are looking to their future valuable contribution to a prosperous economy right across the Dubbo Region when the drought breaks.”

Team Rubicon’s Operation Goldsworthy project officer Kyran Byrne said the first delivery of potable water was made this week and expected deliveries would increase from next week as data was received from agencies and organisations across the region.

“Litres for the Land is receiving money through local club fundraising activities and public donations to purchase water and we appreciate the wonderful encouragement and assistance that has been kindly offered by Dubbo Regional Council.”

Last year, Team Rubicon assisted farmers in the region with on-property work during Operation Harding.

Cr Shields said: “The help coming from so many parts of Australia for our agricultural sector during these tough times is heartening and appreciated.”

Last Edited: 27 Nov 2019

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