HAY THERE: The Kemps with the bales of hay they want to send out west. Photo: Contributed.
HAY THERE: The Kemps with the bales of hay they want to send out west. Photo: Contributed. Contributed

Hundreds respond to send help west

HUNDREDS of people have offered their support to a Murgon family's quest to send help out west.

The phone was "ringing off the hook" after an article detailing the Kemp family's plan to help drought-stricken cattle producers appeared in the South Burnett Times on Friday. The initial plan to send 600 bales of hay out west in a six-tonne truck has exploded and now a road train is set to leave Murgon this Friday at 2pm stocked with supplies.

"The phone did not stop ringing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday after the article ran in the paper. I think we had 150 people call wanting to help (over those three days)," organiser Paul Kemp said.

Apart from the hay, three tonnes of lick blocks, an entire pallet of dog food and a range of homemade cakes and biscuits have been added to the "rural care package" destined for Longreach.

After the story was picked up by other media outlets Mr Kemp appeared eight times on ABC radio stations, reaching a national audience.

"We had people calling from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia so it wasn't just local support."

Mr Kemp also said there was a common theme between the people who called to offer help.

"Everyone is sort of saying the same thing which is; 'we're Australians and it's the Australian spirit to get behind people and help each other out'," Mr Kemp said.

The road train is expected to arrive in Longreach at 2pm on Saturday.