MTA NSW and AHVRA Support Drought Relief

The Motor Traders’ Association of NSW (MTA NSW) together with the Australian Heavy Vehicle Repairers Association (AHVRA) have donated a total of $15,000 to the Buy a Bale campaign, in support of local farming communities who are struggling with severe drought conditions.

“On behalf of our Executive Board and Members, the Motor Traders’ Association of NSW has committed to this donation in order to provide practical support to those farmers in need,” said MTA NSW CEO, Stavros Yallouridis.

 “With over half of our Members’ businesses located within regional and rural NSW, the ongoing drought conditions are also having an adverse effect on their own businesses within the affected communities.” Yallouridis said. “By supporting the farmers we are also indirectly helping the local automotive businesses that are dependent on farming and the agricultural industry”.

AHVRA Chairman, Richard Nathan said, “Our Members, who specialise in accident repairs to trucks and trailers, wanted to contribute after learning of the devastating effect the drought was having, especially those businesses employing locals within the regional communities”.    

The employer Associations joint contributions will be directed towards buying bales of hay to be transported to affected farmers across the four affected NSW regions of the Hunter, New England, Southern NSW and Western NSW.

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We strongly encourage all of our Members who can assist to raise funds or contribute by other means to the drought relief efforts to help. The Association is planning to work with the charity Rural Aid – ‘Buy a Bale’ on engaging with local Members to attend hay drops at each appropriate region to lend a hand.

There are other ways of assisting the affected farming communities who are closely intertwined with our Members’ automotive and farm machinery businesses across the affected regional and rural locations of NSW.

Rural Aid - Farm Rescue

The charity, Rural Aid, is organising a ‘Mega Farm Rescue’ to assist a number of farmers in the Forbes district in October 2018. Mechanics, in particular, are always welcomed along with renovators, tradies, and other volunteers who’ll commit to providing their skills towards farm activities in support of farmers struggling through this drought. The link for more details is:

Rural Aid - Donation Barrels

Members may wish to have a donation barrel at their business for customers or staff to contribute to the drought relief appeal being conducted via Rural Aid. The link for more details is:

For further volunteering or donation ideas, please refer to the Rural Aid – ‘Buy a Bale’ website:

Other charities providing drought relief assistance across NSW include:

Australian Red Cross:

Aussie Helpers:

Drought Angels:

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