Central Coast and Lake Macquarie councils donate water tankers and drivers to help drought-stricken Hunter farmers

RELIEF: Each council is donating a water tanker and driver to transport the precious cargo to farmers in need across the Hunter and Upper Hunter. Picture: Supplied
RELIEF: Each council is donating a water tanker and driver to transport the precious cargo to farmers in need across the Hunter and Upper Hunter. Picture: Supplied

Lake Macquarie, Central Coast, and Newcastle councils are each supporting a Hunter Water initiative to help drought-affected farmers by donating a water tanker and driver to transport much needed drinking water.

Each truck and driver will transport water from Branxton and Scone across the Hunter and Upper Hunter.

The water will help properties which are not connected to a town supply and need to top up their domestic tanks.

Central Coast Council’s water and sewer director, Bileen Nel, said the council would start with an initial delivery of 20,000 litres of drinking water.

“Farmers from towns including Murrurundi, Merriwa and Cassilis are receiving this support and their feedback is very positive,” Ms Nel said.

“We could not be happier to contribute to an initiative that is making a real difference, with our first deliveries taking place on the 12th and 13th of November.”

Central Coast mayor Jane Smith said the council had been looking for the best way to provide direct support to farmers in need.

“The Central Coast has been giving so generously to farmers doing it very tough,” Cr Smith said.

“Across the Coast I hear stories of individuals and groups acting to support our farmers and I want to thank our community for all they have done and will continue to do.

“I am also pleased that council is helping our farmers in such a tangible and practical way.”

More than 1 million litres of water has been donated to 70 properties in need since the initiative began on August 24.

Farmers in the Hunter and Upper Hunter experiencing a shortfall in their domestic water supply are invited to contact Hunter Water’s Drought Support Team – droughtsupport@hunterwater.com.au or 1300 657 657.

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