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Westar, Erebus and Penske join forces to support drought relief effort

In a collaborative effort, Westar Truck Centre, Erebus Motorsport and Penske Commercial Vehicles are assisting with the drought relief effort via the donation and transportation of a trailer of hay to one of the worst affected drought areas in NSW.

The donation is part of the 2018 Drought Relief effort that is being co-coordinated by Danny Payne of Payne’s Livestock.

The relief effort is supported by a number of truck, transport and related companies, the result of which will be a total of eight trailer loads of hay delivered to farms adversely affected by the ongoing, and worsening, drought in NSW.

The trucks, with their precious loads of hay sourced from all over Victoria, travelled in convoy to Jerilderie in southern NSW on AFL Grand Final eve after first meeting up at the Pakenham sale yards.

On Grand Final Day they headed for Nevertire on the NSW western plains, where the various loads of different types of hay were divided up to ensure everyone received their fair share of the available hay.

They then went their separate ways and delivered the hay to the designated farmers around the Trangie, Nevertire and Warren districts – about an hour and a half north west of Dubbo – which are some of the worst drought-affected areas in the state.

After the hay was delivered, the convoy headed back to the Nevertire Hotel for a few well-earned ales and to watch the AFL Grand Final.

Erebus Motorsport supplied its MAN D38 truck and driver to tow the Westar trailer which had forty square bales of hay on board.

Westar Truck Centre provides the D38 as part of its formal partnership with Erebus Motorsport for the remainder of the 2018 season and entire 2019 V8 Supercar season.

“Everyone knows the tough conditions that Australian farmers are faced with due to the ongoing drought," said Joel Saunders, Westar Heavy Truck Sales Manager. 

"This donation of hay was just Erebus, Penske and ourselves showing our support for farmers and playing a small part in helping to ease the suffering that farmer’s livestock are faced with.”

“Agriculture in all its forms is a crucial part of the Australian economy and essential to the food requirements of the nation." 

Wherever possible, the transport community is doing what it can to support this essential industry during these tough times,” he said.

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