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Supporting drought affected farmers


Georges River Council is providing the Oatley Lions Club with a $5,000 donation to help the organisation deliver ongoing drought assistance following a Mayoral Minute at the Council Meeting on Monday 24 August.

Georges River Council Mayor, Kevin Greene, said the donation will help farmers and their families in Western NSW through the Oatley Lions Hay Distribution Day project in Geurie.

“The Hay Distribution Day project assists 80 drought-affected farmers and their families who are experiencing hardship as a result of the recent drought,” said Mayor Greene.

Usually, Council would provide up to $20,000 of financial and in-kind support for the Oatley Village Festival, which is a much-loved community-run event.

“The festival has been held annually over the last 40 years, and been the major fundraising event for the Oatley Lions Club, raising around $50,000 each year to assist people in need, locally, nationally and internationally.

“Sadly, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the Oatley Lions had to cancel this year’s festival, which attracts up to 15,000 people.

“This has severely impacted the support the Oatley Lions can provide for their community projects.

“The Oatley Lions are an incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic group of volunteers and Council was overwhelmingly happy to provide them this financial donation which we hope offers a bit of extra support to our country friends,” added Mayor Greene.
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