The government isn't helping, so these Qld families are
IMAGES of trucks rolling through a Queensland town struggling through the drought loaded up with hundreds of bales of hay and litres of water have gone viral.
The incredible donation to Stanthorpe was organised by members of Australia's Muslim community, with the Deen family and Muslim Aid Australia making it happen.
The family worked with the charity previously, transporting 150 tonnes of hay to Goondiwindi.
Heavy Machinery Transport transport manager Louie Deen said the family had been in the trucking industry for years, working for various businesses in the region.
"We've all come together to do this,” he said.
"The government isn't doing anything to help any of the farmers, so we've been taking the hay and water out and giving it to everyone.”
But the Deen family aren't the only ones doing their bit to help out during the drought - Rachael Eddy, a truckie's wife and mum from Jimboomba, organised her second Let's Send Them a Truck Load Water Convoy to take 220,500 litres of water to the Granite Belt.
While what she and other members of the trucking community were doing helped right now, she said continuing to truck out water was not a viable solution to the drought.
She slammed what she called the government's recent "Band-Aid” solutions and said they needed to do more.
"Yes, it's going to help in the immediate future and now but what happens in the long term?” she said.
"They're spending money, looking like they're proactive but it's not going to fix the problem.
"There's no sense in taping up pipes, you may as well get new ones and they can't afford to do that.”
One Nation leader SenatorPauline Hanson joined the convoy, riding along with Churchill Transport in their Kenworth Legend 900.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new support package would deliver nearly $100 million to drought-hit communities, on top of more than $7 billion in drought support funding already provided by the Government.