ENGIE Hazelwood has donated another 150 bales of hay to Gippsland farmers in desperate need of feed for stock.
In December, 340 bales were donated in partnership with Regional Roads Victoria and Fulton Hogan, in a joint initiative with ENGIE Hazelwood to assist local farmers affected by ongoing dry weather conditions.
Now, ENGIE Hazelwood has partnered Pakenham Lions Club”s Need for Feed project to provide a further 150 bales of hay that will be transported by six trucks to distribution depots in the Wellington and East Gippsland Shires on Australia Day (tomorrow).
Communications Manager with the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project, Lauren Carey, said as part of Hazelwood’s fire preparedness measures, the company undertook an extensive grass slashing program, in the lead up to, and throughout the fire season.
“Clearing of vegetation in and around the Mine is an important part of our annual fire preparedness work with grassland managed through cattle grazing and hay baling,” Ms Carey said.
“Following an office discussion between several ENGIE Hazelwood personnel the concept, to donate the bales suitable for fodder, came to life.
“We identified those areas, where the grass, within our 3,500-hectare site that would be suitable for baling for feed and have partnered with industry and community organisations to distribute the hay to struggling farmers in Gippsland.
”The Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project continues to support the local community through donations to Gippsland organisations and projects. This year, the Project has allocated $250,000 to the community, with the donation of hay, a further way the business can support an immediate need in our community.“We are proud to partner with organisations such as Need for Feed which has hundreds of farmers registered to accept feed,” Ms Carey said.