The Drought Angels' convoy has arrived in the North-West Queensland community of Four Ways and will be handing out supplies to flood-affected farmers today.
The Drought Angels' convoy has arrived in the North-West Queensland community of Four Ways and will be handing out supplies to flood-affected farmers today. Kate McCormack

'We're not handing out charity, we're saying thank you'

THE population of the Burke and Wills junction, 200km north of Cloncurry has tripled this week as 14 members of Chinchilla's Drought Angels call the North-West Queensland community home for the next several days.

With a triple road train loaded up with 50 pallets of supplies and a bobcat, in tow the team have arrived in North West Queensland after the region experienced unprecedented amounts of rainfall earlier this month.

 

The Drought Angels' convoy has arrived in the North-West Queensland community of Four Ways and will be handing out supplies to flood-affected farmers today.
The Drought Angels' convoy has arrived in the North-West Queensland community of Four Ways and will be handing out supplies to flood-affected farmers today. Kate McCormack

Among the usual household provisions the Drought Angels have also taken fencing supplies, calf feed pellets and milk formula as well as hay and molasses.

Drought Angels co-founder, Tash Johnston, said the recent trip to the North West isn't a charity mission for the volunteers.

"We don't think about our trips like that. We're not handing out charity, we're simply saying thank you," Ms Johnston said.

"These farmers have been through some particularly tough times over the past several years. First with the drought and now the floods, and all this to put food on our tables. Drought Angels want to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work," she said.

The Burke and Wills Roadhouse will also be hosting a family fun day today for all the local farmers to come and take a load off for the afternoon.

Roadhouse manager, Shauna Johns, said there will be frog and toad races and even a spot of billiards, if people were happy to play with one cue and half the pool balls.

 

Burke and Wills Roadhouse near Four Ways in North-West Queensland.
Burke and Wills Roadhouse near Four Ways in North-West Queensland. Kate McCormack

"People can come out for the afternoon, share a meal together and take a chance to catch up and unwind a little," Mrs Johns said.

"It will be good to have something to take our minds off the whole matter," she said.  


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