Angaston business drives Kangaroo hay drop

FEED ASSISTANCE: Craig and Amy Doecke, Angaston Transport, have organised a hay run to KI to help livestock owners on the island affected by fires.
FEED ASSISTANCE: Craig and Amy Doecke, Angaston Transport, have organised a hay run to KI to help livestock owners on the island affected by fires.

The devastation caused by the Kangaroo Island bushfires prompted Angaston's Amy Doecke to turn to her community to help those in need.

Ms Doecke has family on KI who have been affected by the recent fires, and after providing assistance with fire recovery efforts at Cudlee Creek and Eden Valley, was keen to help out again.

"Using contacts from our business we sourced two loads of feed straight away." she said.

Ms Doecke wanted to see if she could fill a third load by putting the call out on Facebook, and within 24 hours she had already filled a fifth semi-load.

Ms Doecke said many drought-stricken farmers who had received donations in the past wanted to help those affected by fires.

CFS support.

CFS support.

The trucks have been delivering hay to KI the past week with the fifth load to be delivered on Tuesday night.

Two trucks from Angaston Transport and one truck each from Shane and Carly Roocke, James and Cirsten Leditschke, and Darren and Julie Crouch were filled with four loads of hay and one load of straw plus $7000 worth of fencing materials.

The KI hay drop has been co-ordinated with Livestock SA and PIRSA to determine who needs the feed and where it has and will continue to be delivered on KI.

Island care formed a list of items they required to aid recovery on KI of which Carly Roocke, sourced and collected donations to fill the cabs of the trucks.

"You always help your neighbours whether they are in KI or in Vic," Ms Doecke said. "The outpouring from the local community has been amazing and we now have a sixth load of donated hay travelling over in the coming weeks," she added.

In addition, Kalleske Chaff at Daveyston also supported farmers affected in the Adelaide Hills as a result of bushfires which erupted in December.

The family business donated a load oaten and oaten vetch bales this month, thanking Curnow Transport for providing the freight at no charge.