No “dole” , no food vouchers, no care packages for these essential station workers off-siders – horses of the outback.
· Despite the rain in eastern Australia, the drought continues savagely out west. Properties are foreclosed on, or destocked.
· The particular plight of the now unemployed station workers and their offsiders is not addressed by any of the charitable or government organisations. Centrelink’s basic sustenance is for humans only.
· Of course, the horses may be agisted on a town ’common’ or on a stock route (for a fee) – but there is no grass there either, so hay must be purchased.
· After running through their meagre savings, they beg high profile very well resourced multi-million dollar “charity” for some of the hay that is donated to said charity to distribute in the outback – to be told in no uncertain terms that drought relief hay is for the grazier’s stock only, not for the (unemployed or not) station worker’s horses. Imagine the consequence of that response to the mental health horses's human.
· The horses are not only best mates to their owners but essential for obtaining work when the drought lifts. These are beautiful natured animals who will give all they have in a hard days work, and unconditional love to their humans. They cannot just be 'got rid of' as one public servant suggested.
A bale of hay costs $26.00 (square) $110 (round). It would be great if you could help out with even a small amount. These horses of the outback thank you very much.
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