21 November, 2019 9:45
Vetiver grass, donation
Farmers impacted by the bushfires in the Scenic Rim have received a donation of emergency feed for their livestock from Urban Utilities.

17 bales of vetiver grass grown at Urban Utilities’ Toogoolawah Sewage Treatment Plant has been donated, which is being distributed among graziers near Tarome to use as feed for their cattle.

Urban Utilities Area Manager, Jason Lee, said they were pleased to be able to help.

“We really feel for the communities impacted by these devastating bushfires, where some of our staff also live and work,” he said.

“We hope this donation of vetiver grass provides some relief for graziers in the Scenic Rim to feed their stock over the coming weeks.

“Between the fires and the drought, we understand many farmers are doing it tough and we want to continue to help by donating more grass from our treatment plants where we can.”

Scenic Rim Regional Council coordinated the donation and Seymours Transport in Toogoolawah, Somerset, transported the bales for free.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said many farms had already been impacted by the fires that were still continuing to burn around Tarome in the western part of the region.

"These farmers have lost the minimal amount of feed they had following long drought conditions, not to mention some of them have had their fences burned, which will now need repairs,” he said.

"Council was happy to help coordinate the generous donation from Urban Utilities with Seymours Transport, and can't thank them both enough for helping out our communities."

Urban Utilities has also donated a further eight bales of vetiver grass to farmers in Somerset impacted by the drought.

About Queensland Urban Utilities
Established on July 1, 2010, Queensland Urban Utilities is one of the largest water distributor-retailers in Australia, providing water and sewerage services to more than 1.4 million residents across Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local authority areas. We are upgrading and improving the reliability of our infrastructure by investing $2.76 billion in a 10-year capital works program. Our service territory covers 14,384 square kilometres and we employ around 1,100 people.