JBS Scone sends 200 hay bales to Cassilis

LOCAL landholders affected by the Sir Ivan Bushfire, especially those in Cassilis, have found overwhelming support within their own backyard since the weekend’s devastating blaze.

And, that trend is set to continue with JBS Scone sending a couple of hundred hay bales to the small town on Friday.

Plant manager Craig Miller said the company was “happy to do what it takes”.

“We’ve cherry-picked the best 200 A grade hay bales,” he explained.

“If more are needed, we’ll help where we can.

“We’ve coordinated this [operation] with Upper Hunter Shire Council, but they’re on their way to Cassilis. 

“I’m sure those who are the most needy will be assisted.”

Mr Miller admitted it was important for businesses and residents to be there for each other.

“JBS Scone has been here nearly two years,” he said.

“Now that we’re well-established, our focus point is being heavily involved in the community.

“After seeing the landholders’ plight, we certainly thought it was worthwhile to offer some help.

“We’re keen to support the local community anyway we can.”

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) also continued its assessment of area.

At this stage, a total of 44 homes have been confirmed destroyed, with 13 others damaged.

A total of 142 outbuildings have been destroyed, with 42 others damaged.

During the week, the NSW Farmers’ Association Natural Disaster Relief Fund and Upper Hunter Mayoral Bushfire Appeal were established.

To assist, the details are:

Account name: NSW Farmers’ Association Natural Disaster Relief Fund

BSB: 082-057

Account number: 18-215-7040

Bank: NAB

Account name: Upper Hunter Mayoral Bushfire Appeal

BSB: 032-619

Account number: 128688

Reference: BUSHFIRE

Alternatively, donations can be made at any of Upper Hunter Shire Council’s offices.