GeelongPort, Tasmanian Ports Corporation (TasPorts) and Bass Island Line are working together to assist drought stricken farmers in New South Wales.
The generous farmers of Tasmania have donated almost 450 tonnes of hay to the hay bale drive across northern Tasmania. This donation is currently being transported over the Bass Strait to drought stricken farmers in southern and central western New South Wales.
To support this campaign GeelongPort, in partnership with TasPorts, are waiving all wharfage charges associated with transporting the cargo from Devonport in Tasmania to Geelong.
“What we are seeing in NSW is devastating. To have 100 per cent of the state in drought and the emotional and physical toll it is having on our farmers is simply gut wrenching,” Adam Gordon, GM Operations at GeelongPort said.
“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,” Mr Gordon said.
TasPorts’ Chief Operating Officer, Anthony Donald said, “TasPorts and Bass Island Line are perfectly positioned and willing to support this 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.”
“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, will transport the donation on their vessel John Duigan at no charge, due to arrive at Corio Quay this week.