ARMY INVASION: Over 30 Rural Aid volunteers will spend the week in the South Burnett to assist local farmers and help repair the Wondai Showgrounds.
ARMY INVASION: Over 30 Rural Aid volunteers will spend the week in the South Burnett to assist local farmers and help repair the Wondai Showgrounds. Zoe Bell

Local town to receive makeover as Rural Aid visits next week

NEXT week a South Burnett town will receive a make-over as two groups are set to work their magic in the region.

Rural Aid's Farm Army and the Australian Army Band will 'invade' Wondai from Sunday, October 20 to Friday, October 25 as part of their efforts to support regional towns.

Rural Aid Engaging Community Officer and Rural Aid co-founder Tracy Alder said around 35 volunteers will set up camp at the Wondai Showgrounds.

She said through out the week they would work on six farms and help with the repairs at the local showgrounds as well as provide great live music to the local community.

"Our Rural Aid volunteers come from throughout Australia and are from all walks of life,” Mrs Alder said.

"The common goal is to make a difference working to reinvigorate farms and the community.

"It lifts the people's spirits and they form lasting connections with farmers and rural communities,” she said.

To kick off the week of activities their will be a Welcome to Wondai Party on Sunday from 4pm to 6pm at Coronation Park, Wondai.

The Australian Army Band will perform a mix of pop and rock music from classic Aussie groups right through to top 40 hits.

Prior to the 'Wondai invasion', Rural Aid will also provide school children with $50,000 worth of musical instruments and Lego through its Gift Of Music program.

The South Burnett Regional Council will host a Farmers Big Day Out on October, Saturday 26 to show their appreciation for the organisation's efforts from the week plus provide a fun, free event for local farmers, businesses people and community members.

Rural Aid supports farmers and rural communities in times of natural disaster such as flood, fire and drought.

The organisation focusses on supporting the sustainability of regional and farming communities and its disaster relief program includes the nationally recognised Buy a Bale campaign.

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