The family behind massive convoy to drought ravaged town
THEY say the government "isn't doing anything to help" so the Deen family have taken matters into their own hands.
Tomorrow, 25 trucks driven by members of the well-known Queensland family, will head out to Stanthorpe with hundreds of bales of hay and litres of water too.
They're already completed two runs out west - one nearly didn't happen because of the recent bushfire situation - with $100,000 worth of hay supplied by Muslim Aid Australia.
Louie Deen, the Heavy Machinery Transport transport manager, said the family had been in the trucking industry for years, working for various businesses in the region, and between them all they had 100 years' worth of experience.
"We've all come together to do this," he said.
"The government isn't doing anything to help any of the farmers, so we've been taking the hay and water out and giving it to everyone.
"We take the IBC pods of drinking water and they (the residents) just keep filling up."
The family will leave Oxley tomorrow morning and head to Stanthorpe.
After the family's last trip to Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Region mayor Tracy Dobie said the region was experiencing the worst drought on record, with 50 percent of its population living in rural houses on tanks that had run dry.
"This large donation of water has made so much difference," she told the South-West Satellite.
"As you can imagine, after three years of drought the whole community is suffering, there is no money available for businesses, retailers suffer, our schools lose families who move away and allied health providers have too few clients, making it hard for them to remain viable.
"This water is highly appreciated, it is drinking quality water that is greatly needed."