Critical drought relief reaches King Island

19 May 2024

Tasmania's peak body for farmers is pleased to announce the arrival of feed and fodder to King Island today, as part of a community-led effort to provide critical drought relief for farmers.

President of TasFarmers, Ian Sauer welcomed the arrival of feed and fodder, acknowledging all the crucial support in getting the feed onto the Island.

Mr Sauer said, "The efforts of the 'Need for Feed' team in delivering feed and the kindness of mainland farmers donating it has not gone unnoticed.

"Crucially TasPorts waiving stevedoring and port fees are instrumental in making this possible, ensuring that the much-needed supplies reach our farmers without additional financial burden."

"Freight supplier Eastern Line Shipping must also be congratulated for ensuring the timely and efficient transport after the Ottaway shire blockade of feed.

Throughout this crisis, TasFarmers has consistently advocated for King Island farmers, urging for increased shipping services, the deployment of drought coordinators, and streamlined access to the island for this emergency feed.

Mr Sauer said, " Our drought coordinators, led by Deb Delaney, including Abbey Lewis and Steph Ellis, will swiftly distribute feed across affected farms, ensuring relief for farmers in need and their animals.

"We've worked hard to ensure the deployment of drought coordinators to address various drought issues and now they will get on with the job to facilitate fodder distribution.

TasFarmers remains committed to advocating for the welfare and resilience of King Island's agricultural community, continually striving to support and uplift our farmers during these challenging times.

TasFarmers, on behalf of President Ian Sauer, the board, and staff, extends heartfelt thanks to Graham Cockerell and the entire 'Need for Feed' team for their invaluable efforts.