500 bales of hay weighing 300kg will be unloaded at the Eden defence wharf on Tuesday for farmers.
A major community operation will get underway at Eden on Tuesday, when a ship from Circular Head in Tasmania arrives at the naval port carrying 500 massive bales of hay for struggling farmers.
Each bale weighs about 300 kilograms and will be loaded on to 17 semi-trailers to be taken to farmers in the Forbes and Wellington area.
The initiative is involving three Lions clubs, and the 1st Vice District Governor for N2, Gordon Matthews, says the Pambula-Merimbula Lions will be helping unload the bales at Eden. He says the hay bales are a large 8ft by 3ft by 4ft. He says the farmers are still doing it very tough.
"My contact up at Forbes tells me it's disastrous, and this all came about through the Lions Club at Circular Head in Tasmania, who got all these bales of hay together as a donation. Currently the ship is being loaded, and then it will start on its journey over the weekend, to arrive here on Tuesday."
The ship is scheduled to dock at 8am, and Gordon says it will take about eight hours to get all the bales unloaded and on to the trucks, which are coming from the Forbes district. He says the local Lions club in the Forbes Wellington district will then coordinate the unloading and distribution of the bales.
He says on Tuesday, Bobbins Transport and Sapphire Cranes will be helping with forklifts and cranes and other equipment. He says it's been an enormous community effort, with large to small organisations and groups such as the Toll Group, Bendigo Bank and the local car club all playing an important part.
Gordon says the trucks will then head north on the Princes Highway and probably go over the Great Divide at the Brown Mountain. "Hopefully we can get bales loaded on to the trucks pretty quickly. I'll be happy when they're off the ship," he said.