Don’t underestimate a good bloke, let alone two.
Tasmanian truck drivers Dean Stubbs,31, and Rohan Innes,27, have financed and organised a second delivery of hay to a property north of Dubbo and it won’t be the last.
“We are going to try and plan another couple,” Mr Stubbs said from Melbourne on Friday.
“We’ve got the feed and the equipment to do it.”
The mates’ first delivery of 96 bales of donated Tasmanian hay in August this year was prompted by media coverage of the battle being waged by Western NSW farmers against a relentless drought.
“It’s horrible seeing people in this situation,” Mr Stubbs said.
“We are very lucky down in Tasmania because the land is very rich and there’s lots of feed for us to be able to chip in and help where we can.
“This time we’ve brought two trailers from Tassie to Melbourne loaded with 90 bales of hay.
It’s horrible seeing people in this situationDean Stubbs
“Two drivers from here who have their own trucks will pick up the trailers and take them to Dubbo on Sunday.”
The hay will again be delivered to the Hudson family property about 30 minutes drive north of Dubbo.
“It will be unloaded there and farmers from around the area come and pick it up,” Mr Stubbs said.
The first time he pulled his truck into the property they were “lost for words”.
“You could see it (gratitude) on the farmers’ faces,” Mr Stubbs said.
The total cost to the two truckies of helping their fellow man has reached about $20,000.
A fundraiser at David Varney’s Titanic Theatre Restaurant in Williamstown on Friday night was set to reimburse the men for the $7000 cost of getting their hay-laden trucks across Bass Strait.
“Whatever else is made goes to the farmers,” Mr Stubbs said.
The truckies visited the theatre restaurant while waiting a couple of days to get on the “ferry back to Tassie” in August.
By chance they met and impressed Mr Varney and his partner Adrienne Rush.
“At the end of the evening over a drink they explained what they had done, it was inspiring and humbling” Mr Varney said.
“They informed us that they could have about another 500 bales they were willing to donate and deliver to Dubbo. “It was then my partner Adrienne and I said we will do everything in our power to support that aim.”
The trucks are due in Dubbo late afternoon on Sunday.