Beach, Bay and Gympie help for drought
RAINBOW Beach businesses and their customers have donated thousands of dollars worth of food, food vouchers and school supplies to drought-affected Queensland farmers.
"My ute was almost overloaded with supplies," Rainbow Beach Progress Association official Tony Stewart said from Longreach yesterday.
The money came from the inaugural Rainbow Beach Spring Festival, which made more than $6000 profit, with the help of about 60 Gympie region businesses.
He said donations for his trip came from a range of businesses at Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay and Gympie, including Mitchell's Fruit and Veg, FoodWorks and IGA stores at Rainbow Beach, the Rainbow Beach Hotel, Deans Ice Worx, Cooloola Wholesalers, Rainbow Beach Butchery and the Tin Can Bay Hotel Motel Social Club.
"It's shocking to see the country out here," Mr Stewart said.
"Once you get west of Barcaldine it's really dry.
"We've been able to give out $2000 in food vouchers, a lot of supplies and we gave $1000 to the school.
"The vouchers can be spent at local businesses," he said.
"It's going to take a long while to get back on their feet because they've got no income at the moment.
"So many people came on board to support us in this, particularly the Rainbow Beach Progress Association and businesses.
"A lot of people from western Queensland holiday on the coast and it's our turn to help them in a time of need."