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Call to support farming families affected by Victorian bushfire

Tasmanians are being urged to donate to return the financial goodwill Victorians showed when Tasmanian farmers were struggling after devastating floods in 2016.

Some Victorian farmers have lost their houses, sheds and entire stock after a catastrophic fire storm burned through tens of thousands of hectares in Victoria’s south-west recently.  Many farmers are struggling with significant stock and fencing losses and now have to feed their surviving cattle. Farmers are scrambling to find generators, or walking their cows to neighbouring farms to be milked, with damage to these farms reaching millions of dollars.

The CEO of Rural Business Tasmania Elizabeth Skirving, said donations from Tasmanians would not only help the farmers to rebuild but would also give them hope.  “When farmers struggle it has a ripple effect throughout entire rural communities,” Ms Skirving said. All Tasmanian donations will be forwarded to Rural Financial Counselling Service Victoria – Wimmera South West Inc, to distribute directly to farming families affected by the bushfires.

Rural Business Tasmania is a registered charity providing a range of services aimed at assisting primary producers who are facing financial hardship. In times of crisis, it supports farming families and their communities when they need it most.

To donate, visit the Rural Business Tasmania website