HELPING HAND: Andrew and Lauren Winks, and their daughters Addison and Isabelle, are one of five Queensland families to receive money from the Coles Nurture Fund.
HELPING HAND: Andrew and Lauren Winks, and their daughters Addison and Isabelle, are one of five Queensland families to receive money from the Coles Nurture Fund. Contributed

Maidenwell family nurtured through drought

A SOUTH Burnett family is one of five farmers and food producers across Queensland who will share in almost $1.4 million from the Coles Nurture Fund to help them combat drought.

Andrew and Lauren Winks from Woolerin Grazing at Maidenwell are part of the project that helps with new fodder storage and water saving initiatives.

The couple and their two young daughters, Addison and Isabelle, will use the grant to construct a shade structure over their existing feedlot to protect cattle from hot and dry conditions.

In total, 16 farmers and food producers across Australia will share in $5 million from the Coles Nurture Fund to embark on plans to help protect their businesses against drought in the long term.

The $5 million pledge for long-term drought measures brings the overall amount committed by Coles for drought relief to $16 million over the past nine months.

Short-term drought relief has also been provided by Coles to the Country Women's Association, which has distributed more than 2800 grants to drought-affected families to help cover household expenses such as food, medical, electricity and water bills. In addition, Coles has distributed $3.9 million to 639 dairy farmers through drought relief payments.

Coles chief operating officer Greg Davis said the $5 million commitment for drought-related projects brings the total amount provided by the Nurture Fund to nearly $20 million since 2015.

"We know the drought has been devastating for so many farmers across Australia and we've tried to help where we can with short-term relief,” Mr Davis said.

"We want to enable farmers to embark on projects which will help them in the long-term so they can drought-proof their businesses for the future.”

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