“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.