DRY UP: Drought conditions affect the region as this empty dam near the Bucca Road turn-off attests.
DRY UP: Drought conditions affect the region as this empty dam near the Bucca Road turn-off attests. Max Fleet

Drought relief concert to lift spirits in CQ

WHILE Central Queensland farmers are dreaming of the melody of rain hitting their roofs, a different tune of hope will play as Australian icons hit the stage for Emerald's Drought Relief Concert.

The concert is booked in for April 26 at the Emerald Showgrounds and, although no acts have been confirmed, interest has been received from Australian country music stars Adam Harvey and Adam Brand, and there is also the prospect of some of the country's iconic artists hitting the stage.

Buy a Bale campaign co-ordinator Charles Alder said he wanted "big names" at the concert.

"We are aiming to get a few Barnes', Tina Arena, John Farnham - we are hoping for a big shindig," he said.

"We are hoping to get between three and four thousand people at the concert, which would be a really great boost for the Emerald economy and local businesses."

With the concert raising funds for the Buy a Bale campaign, Charles said he was hoping the event would provide farmers with more than just financial help.


"I think the great thing about the concert is that we hope it produces or provides them with mental relief," he said.

"They deal with the stress of every day waking up and seeing the sun instead of rain, and having to go and shoot cattle - we hope it will induce some spark to their lives, put a smile on their face and let them know that people do care.

"We just want to try and lighten their load and lift up their spirits and let them know that Emerald is doing their bit to help them out."


Moranbah local Amy Mathews is the brains behind the concert and pitched the idea to Charles after hearing of the tragic effects the drought is having on local farmers.

"I worked on properties when I was younger, so it is something close to my heart," Amy said.

"We want this concert to be huge; the farmers need every little bit of help they can get.

"They are the backbone of Australia - no farmers, no food."


To keep up to date with the Emerald Drought Relief Concert or to donate, go to the Facebook page or email info@drought


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