Tamrookum stockman starts buy-a-fencepost campaign to help fire victims

MENDING FENCES: Matt Tomlinson is running a campaign to help fire-affected landowners. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
MENDING FENCES: Matt Tomlinson is running a campaign to help fire-affected landowners. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

TAMROOKUM cattle stockman Matt Tomlinson is running a Go Fund Me campaign to help local land owners hit by the spate of bushfires ravaging the Scenic Rim since September.

Mr Tomlinson said the campaign provided people with a way to do something small to make a big difference to farmers already struggling with the impact of drought.

"All the fires have taken out fences that need to be replaced, especially between neighbours and along the national park boundaries," he said.

"Keeping stock contained is a priority for farmers and now they are faced with having to build new fences.

"If not, there is a risk of stock getting into the national parks."

Mr Tomlinson said property owners faced with the task of mending fences would have to buy posts due to the fire damage.

"The fires have not only destroyed fences, they have also taken the trees farmers would have used to make their own fence posts," he said.

"It's coming up to Christmas so buying a fence post is an easy gift.

"The posts cost $16.50 each but most people donate at least $20 which buys a post and a couple of metres of wire.

"Hundreds of kilometres of property in the Scenic Rim have been hit by these fires and about 500 fence posts per kilometre are needed.

"We won't cover it all with donations but if we can help even a bit, that will make a difference."