Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan thanked the community group Compression Against Depression for sending a truck of hay to help Tabulam farmers who have been affected by this week’s bushfires.
“I thank Compression Against Depression for answering the call to send hay to the Tabulam community,” he said.
“It is wonderful to see many community groups rallying around to help families and farmers who are affected by these fires.”
“While the Government has already announced Disaster Recovery Assistance to help get the community back on its feet, every additional piece of assistance is always welcome.
“At least 10 farms in Tabulam have been affected by the bushfires which burnt all of their cattle feed.
Compression Against Depression event co-ordinator and founder Nicky Ramone said he received a phone early in the week asking for hay.
“Our event is about addressing peoples’ mental health in our community and more recently, in response to the issues, pressures placed on our farming communities that have been caused by drought, floods or bushfires.
“We aim to help where we can through practical assistance. From August 2018, we sent hay to Walgett and west of the Pilliga and to farms at Gulargambone. It is a sad irony that much of the hay came from our farmers in Tabulam.”
“Over the last couple of months, the pressures of the drought and subsequent damage from bushfires is in our immediate back yard, right on our front door and now we want to help them.”
Compression Against Depression has held an annual social motorcycle ride to raise awareness around mental health issues and is now in its tenth year.