DROUGHT BUSTER: Travis Penhallurick with his daughter Ruby is loaded and ready to leave for the west.
DROUGHT BUSTER: Travis Penhallurick with his daughter Ruby is loaded and ready to leave for the west. Peter Carruthers

Hay loaded and ready for the trek west

TRAVIS Penhallurick has his truck loaded with 390 bales of hay and is ready to hit the road to Ilfracombe with the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners next week.

The Proserpine man said trucks from all over the country would meet in Barcaldine.

The convoy would then travel the 80km to the tiny town of Ilfracombe.

Once the hay and supplies arrive in Ilfracombe they will be distributed to farmers in need.

The Burrumbuttock Hay runners have completed nine successful hay runs to help farmers in drought affected areas of Australia.

Founder of the group Brendan Farrell said on their Facebook page "(we're) just a bunch of blokes trying to help out a fellow Aussie in times of hardship".

Mr Penhallurick said the community of Proserpine could make a donation to the 10th Burrumbuttock run by leaving canned food in bins outside Fausts IGA.

A trailer carrying these goods will be leaving for Ilfracombe also.

Mr Penhallurick said he was inspired by hearing about what Mr Farrell was doing.

"I saw it on Facebook so I thought I would join in and give them some help," he said.

Mr Penhallurick expected the convoy to make a big difference for farmers experiencing one of the worst droughts on record.

"It will keep what cattle they have left alive."

Getting the hay to Ilfracombe, Mr Penhallurick will be driving a Western Star prime mover with a super-dog trailer on the back. The rig is used to haul sugarcane and is equipped with 10-tonne side tipper bins.

It was a difficult job getting the hay bales loaded but it will be easy to get it off at the other end, Mr Penhallurick said.

The donation of the hay was made by Eden Produce, Johnny Lee and Ellen Vonhof.


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