HELPING HANDS: Allora couple John Bullivant and Ebony Wells are donating time, money and effort to help farmers battling through drought.
HELPING HANDS: Allora couple John Bullivant and Ebony Wells are donating time, money and effort to help farmers battling through drought. Elyse Wurm

Couple spending spare time on the tools to help farmers

SANDING down a house and building a new fence with their own time and funds is only a glimpse into the generous array of ways an Allora couple are helping producers battling drought.

Ebony Wells and John Bullivant grew up on the land so they know farmers pitch in to help when times get tough and they're calling on the community to help out with an event this weekend to help with their relief effort.

The pair have been delivering relief packages to producers around Warwick and picked up tools to help clear fallen tree limbs at Karara.

Despite running their own business - Cowboy The Handy Man - they're donating as much as they can to help our farmers.

"They've helped me out over the years with bits and pieces so I don't mind helping them out," Mr Bullivant said.

"A lot of people in the community don't realise what farmers do.

"If the farmer doesn't have a crop in the paddock then you don't get food on the plate."

Mr Bullivant, 22, said while other young people may choose to travel the world, he'd rather head out west to help farmers.

The couple don't want to see more farmers lose their lives because of drought and are setting an example for youngsters.

"It's good to teach the little ones what we're doing and teach them to do the same thing," he said.

"When you've got to help, stand up and let's go."

 

GET ON BOARD: Ebony Wells and John Bullivant are calling on the community to help as well.
GET ON BOARD: Ebony Wells and John Bullivant are calling on the community to help as well. Elyse Wurm

Their latest project is to help a couple from South Felton, Isabel and Rowan Mengel, who have been forced to destock after their family was in dairy farming on the property for 99 years.

They're encouraging residents to attend their Ute and 4WD Muster at Allora Showgrounds on Saturday to help their cause.

Miss Wells, 22, said a couple of months ago they heard the couple they'd known for about two years were on the verge of losing the farm.

They're down to 70 cattle out of 9000.

Miss Wells said they're spending about $3000 a day to feed the cattle that are left.

"Some of the cattle they sold, they reared from babies," she said.

Miss Wells and Mr Bullivant are raising funds to lift their spirits by repainting their home, fulfilling their dream of a white picket fence and boosting Isabel's rose garden that has been devastated by drought.

"To show them that people do care about them, they think no one cares because they haven't gotten any assistance," she said.

"They're family to us and hearing (about their struggle) it broke us, it really did."

Mr Bullivant said was happy to help farmers out because in the country, you never knew when it might be your turn to need a leg up.

"I know it's going straight to the farmer and put to good use," he said.

The muster is from 11am-2pm at Allora Showgrounds.

Entry costs $12 for adults, $5 for children, under 12s are free.

The couple are still looking for help with sourcing meat for the sausage sizzle and soft drinks.

If you can help, or for more information, please phone 0447289519.



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