MARITIME entities GeelongPort, TasPorts and Bass Island Line have combined to help drought affected farmers in New South Wales.
Big-hearted farmers in Tasmania donated almost 450 tonnes of hay to the hay bale drive across the north of the apple isle and that donation is currently being transported over the Bass Strait.
To support this campaign GeelongPort and TasPorts, are waiving wharfage charges associated with transporting the cargo from Devonport to Geelong.
“What we are seeing in NSW is disturbing. To have 100% of the state in drought and the emotional and physical toll it is having on our farmers is simply devastating,” said general manager of operations at GeelongPort Adam Gordon.
“To be able to assist the farmers and their communities in some way is important to GeelongPort.
“It’s vital to rally together and show support for drought-affected communities who are doing it tough.”
TasPorts’ chief operating officer, Anthony Donald said TasPorts and Bass Island Line were perfectly positioned and willing to support the initiative.
“When TasPorts heard of the Tasmanian farmers’ struggles shipping the hay bales across the Bass Strait, we offered to ship the cargo at no charge,” Mr Donald said.
“We are happy to be supporting our local farmers, who are pitching in to assist other Australian farmers around the country during this difficult drought.”
Bass Island Line, a subsidiary of TasPorts, is to transport the donation on their vessel John Duigan at no charge, due to arrive at Corio Quay this week.