Komatsu volunteers to help out at drought-stricken Scenic Rim farms

HELPING HAND: A team of 20 will lend a hand to Scenic Rim farmers.
HELPING HAND: A team of 20 will lend a hand to Scenic Rim farmers.

A TEAM of 20 employees from heavy machinery company Komatsu will visit the Scenic Rim to help the region's drought-stricken farmers.

Komatsu's Training Academy has signed on to Rural Aid's corporate volunteering program and will send a team, including 14 specialised machine technicians, to the Scenic Rim on July 24.

Komatsu Training Academy general manager Janine Gurney said the team would spend a total of four days over two weekends at farms in the Scenic Rim and in Miles, four hours north-west of Beaudesert.

"We're there to perform any task assigned to us but because of our specific skills in machine management we think we may be of assistance in working on farm equipment," she said.

The team was put together as part of the company's Live Your Dream project, designed to assist employees to achieve personal goals to help their community.

Komatsu has given $10,000 in direct funding and is supporting its Komatsu Training Academy trainers as they provide their time and expertise to Rural Aid.

"Our choice of Rural Aid was quite deliberate," Ms Gurney said.

"Live Your Dream is a very worthwhile project and we wanted to find a cause which was both deserving and aligned with our own principals of fix it first time."

Rural Aid, founded in 2015, provides practical support to farmers including counselling and feedstock delivery.

DROUGHT AID: The Komatsu Training Academy team working together with Rural Aid to help farmers with machinery, trucks and four wheel drive maintenance.

DROUGHT AID: The Komatsu Training Academy team working together with Rural Aid to help farmers with machinery, trucks and four wheel drive maintenance.

Companies including Qantas and the RACQ have also signed up for Rural Aid's corporate volunteering program.

"In one respect the combination of Live Your Dream and Rural Aid will be a great team building exercise for all of us," Ms Gurney said.

"More than that, it's going to bring tangible benefits to the communities in which we're working.

"We will be staying in local accommodation and eating locally sourced food and produce.

"People tend to think of the plight of rural Australia as affecting farmers alone, but the impact of hard times has been equally felt in the towns that service the rural areas and we'd like to draw attention to that."