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Mercedes-Benz truck to support struggling farmers

Agricultural initiative group, Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, has taken delivery of a new Mercedes-Benz Actros 2658 prime mover to help with its yearly cause.

Established in 2014, Burrumbuttock Hay Runners was founded by Brendan ‘Bumpa’ Farrell and made up of a group of volunteers that transports donated hay to drought-affected farmers across Australia.

According to Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, the new Actros was supplied by Hartwigs truck dealership in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. The Actros will be used for delivering hay to farmers in central west Queensland.

The new Mercedes-Benz Actros 2658 will be driven by Shane Bourke (pictured with wife Barbara) of Rodney’s Transport Service in Riverina, NSW, who along with brother Jason is participating in his second year for the farming cuase.

“My brother Jason and I plan to do it every year, it is such a great initiative,” Bourke said. “I would have been grateful for any truck Hartwigs could give me, so I was blown away when they said I could take the new Actros. It’s getting heaps of attention.”

According to Bourke, Ron Crouch Transport also provided Bourke with a curtain-sider trailer for carrying 40 bales of hay that were donated by Wayne Williams of Whitton, in New South Wales.

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