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Rural Aid's Farm Army marching to Murrurundi

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Rural Aid's Farm Army is marching to Murrurundi. 

More than 70 volunteers from across Australia will be descending on the town from 5 to 11 May as a part of rural charity Rural Aid's 'Farm Rescue' project.

The Murrurundi and surrounding community will benefit from the teams working and financing projects around the town and on farm properties.

The Farm Army will be camping at the Murrurundi Rosedale Complex, and Rural Aid will contribute to the local charities and groups that will cater for the volunteers, giving them the opportunity to experience local hospitality. 

Also dropping by are 10 members of the Australian Army Band Sydney, who will be performing at many schools in the area.

Rural Aid will also donate musical instruments, lego, and school supplies as part of their Gift of Music program to Blandford, Murrurundi, Quirindi, Willow Tree and Wallabadah schools.

Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood says the volunteers have a range of skills and can do just about anything.

"Some will be working on farms and assisting people with their issues on farm and the rest will work in and around Murrurundi doing some streetscaping and things we haven;t been able to get to as a town,"

"It's too easy to forget the plight of others,"

"It looks ok until you go to the well and try and pump some water out. We are a long way form being out of a drought, this is just a bit of respite."

Everyone is invited to meet the Farm Army and hear the awesome Army Band rock the White Hart Hotel on Monday evening, 6 May 2019.

The week will end with a ‘Thank You’ dinner on Friday 10 May for the volunteers and the community at Rosedale Horse Complex.

If there is a project you would like to see done, there is already a list of things but contact Upper Hunter Shire Council and they will let the Farm Army know. 

Image credit: Grant Broadcasters/Jessica Rouse