NSW truck repairers join trucking drought action

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AHVRA joins Motor Traders’ Association and many others to ease farmers’ plight

NSW truck repairers join trucking drought action
An image from WA Farmers of the convoy

 

The Australian Heavy Vehicle Repairers Association (AHVRA) and the Motor Traders’ Association of NSW (MTA NSW) have together committed to donating a total of $15,000 to the Buy a Bale campaign, in support of local farming communities who are struggling with severe drought conditions.

The organisations join a range of groups, firms and individuals, many in or with links to the trucking industry, that have worked to ease the load on those affected by the drought, particularly in NSW.

"Our members, who specialise in accident repairs to trucks and trailers, wanted to contribute after learning of the devastating effect the drought was having, especially   those businesses employing locals within the regional communities," AHVRA chairman Richard Nathan says.    

The employer associations’ joint contributions will be directed towards buying bales of hay to be transported to affected farmers across the four affected NSW regions of the Hunter, New England, Southern NSW and Western NSW.


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"On behalf of our executive board and members, the Motor Traders’ Association of NSW has committed to this donation in order to provide practical support to those farmers in need," MTA NSW CEO Stavros Yallouridis says.

"With over half of our members’ businesses located within regional and rural NSW, the ongoing drought conditions are also having an adverse effect on their own businesses within the affected communities.

"By supporting the farmers we are also indirectly helping the local automotive businesses that are dependent on farming and the agricultural industry."

With hay starting to become scarce in parts of eastern states, loads from as far afield as Western Australia and Tasmania have hit the road.

In WA, rural lobby WA Farmers released an image of a convoy organised by the Rapid Relief Team, with that organisations saying it has committed to 23 road trains, with local reports that at least 20 are on their way from Northam to central NSW, due to arrive on Friday.

Main Roads WA picked up on the effort, urging motorists to be patient if they find themselves behind the trucks.

About the same time, the Lions Clubs’ Need for Feed effort saw 14 trucks leave Tasmania, supported by a $10,000 donation from trailermaker Vawdrey.

 

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