Dam water levels in the Granite Belt are so low in areas, such as Stanthorpe, that there are concerns the town water supply could run dry before the end of the year. Further impact on the dams were felt from the recent fires, adding more undue devastation to the region that is already heavily gripped by drought.
The situation is dire, with some homes suffering so severely that they cannot do even the simplest of things, like take a shower or make a cup of tea. This drought has affected so many, especially our farmers who we rely on for food and to support our export economy.
Through the Rotary Water for The West Initiative, as well as the Granite Belt Water Relief Group, we have donated over 45 Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) to aid in the delivery of much needed water to residents of the Granite belt. These IBCs are being used to fill with drinking water and are being shipped to affected townships, including Stanthorpe.
'Let's Send Them a Truckload' is one of the organisations that 26 of the IBCs went to, and they have already been put to great use. Their team will be sending a 12 truck convoy of water to the Granite Belt on October 26, so if you would like to get involved and show your support please head over to their Facebook page here.
At Capilano, we are passionate about supporting rural communities and our beekeepers. We are proud to be actively providing support to those impacted by drought on the Granite Belt, and will continue to do all that we can to help.
If you’d like to do your part to help support rural communities struck by drought but are not sure where to start, head to ruralaid.org.au.