2 November 2018
More than 300 people turned out on Saturday afternoon to support drought relief efforts at the live stream of the Hay Mate Concert at Kitchener Park on Saturday (27 October).
Optus and Channel 9, supported by Gunnedah Shire Council hosted a live stream on a big screen of Hay Mate – A Concert for the Farmers, with headlining acts including John Farnham, Guy Sebastian, Daryl Braithwaite, The Veronicas, Adam Harvey and more.
Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey thanked everyone for their support.
“There was a great atmosphere on Saturday evening and it was encouraging to see people continue to support drought relief efforts, and to keep it prevalent as the drought certainly isn’t over. Whether taking time out to enjoy a relaxing evening with their families, or being a fan of the musicians, people were having a great time,” Cr Chaffey said.
“We are proud to say that over $1,200 was raised for Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale from the gold coin entry donation and an additional $189 from the barbecue hosted by Rotary Club of Gunnedah. Thank you to Optus and Channel Nine for extending this event to our community.”
Optus General Manager for North West NSW Chris Simon said he was pleased to see people come together to enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment.
“No one does community quite like regional Australia, and the fantastic work from all involved was testament to this, from the Rotary Club, to the attendees,” Mr Simon said.
“We’re extremely thankful to everyone who helped us to make this a success and look forward to working on any future initiatives that arise with the Council and Gunnedah community.”
More than 4,500 farmers have sought help from the Rural Aid charity this year.
Photo Caption: A great evening in Gunnedah for the Hay Mate Under The Stars concert.
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