Nola and Jayne Edmonds
First, thank you so much for considering volunteering on any of our farms during these hard drought years.
We – Nola, my mother and owner of cattle property “Glen-Lawn”, and myself, Jayne – are mostly in great need of handy helpers with the know-how, to some extent physical strength, and skills to replace some aged fence lines and fence sections on our cattle property in the beautiful TIMOR district of the Isis River Valley, Upper Hunter region, New South Wales. It’s a scenic and peaceful locale.
We are situated just 20 kms (on all sealed roads till final 2.5kms) off the New England Highway at the Blandford-Timor Rd turnoff. This turnoff is at Blandford Park, diag. opp. Blandford Public School.
Our nearest town Murrurundi just a little further north on the highway, about 30kms from our farm. So the towns in our vicinity are Scone to the south, also on the highway, and Murrurundi to the north on the highway.
Our jobs list is negotiable. Our potential jobs are as simple as straining and replacing fence wires and replacing 80 to 100-year old timber posts with concrete posts and putting in pre-fab corner posts and stay-posts where those important fence elements are on their last or propped up. We could do also some simple, quick work on two small paddocks feeding into our cattle yards, which is simply replacing 40-year-old corner posts and stay-posts, and improving or replacing short fencelines. We could do with a few tank stands or concrete bases for tanks being built, so that’s another possibility. We should be able to provide most to all tools required. However, note generator not supplied for running power tools.
We need from some days to a week or two’s notice to be able to source and have materials delivered in time for work to commence. Even the ability to pick up and drop off materials from Scone in a 4WD would be of great benefit.
Please note some of our paddocks are undulating or flat; some fences on a ridgeline copping wind and weather, and some are hilly requiring suitable 4WD vehicle to situate heavy fencing materials and tools and volunteers. But many locations can be reached by even a car.
Still, any advanced 4WD drivers welcome! This regards part of a fenceline that is a pressing need and which can be part or wholly re-done but which really needs an experienced off-road driver to reach and to deliver materials and volunteers. Let’s see what is possible in the time you have to give and what is a reasonable goal given your skills.
We will talk about what you can and wish to attempt in what time frame and any time given will be greatly and genuinely appreciated. It’s up to our volunteer helpers and discussion as to what jobs can be done.
Our sole hesitation in listing and commencing these much-needed jobs since we heard the Farm Army would be in our region a couple of weeks ago has been our own questioning of our ability to afford materials and hospitality costs and requirements at this time, three years into drought as at 02/2019 and our ability to have the materials in place in time.
We will (within reason) provide electricity, have limited tank water so some might need to be bought and brought in (for showers, drinking, cooking), with plentiful sweet bore water for non-human needs, and certainly cut-lunches, refreshments, coffees and teas happily supplied to requirements. Whatever we can provide, we will provide. We can’t promise cooked meals daily but hot meals can come into hospitality, too.
NOTE landline (02- 65468129) is our dependable contact method as any mobiles do not pick up calls in real time when inside home or buildings. Best time to call is from 7pm. Otherwise, do not hesitate to leave a message with your phone number.