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Lee Kernaghan to visit drought-stricken Woodsdale

2 April 2008

Australian of the Year 2008 Lee KernaghanAustralian of the Year Lee Kernaghan will visit the drought-stricken farming area near Woodsdale, Tasmania on Sunday 6 April 2008.

Lee is joining with rural community assistance organisation 'Aussie Helpers' to meet people from the farming area in and around Woodsdale, situated one hour north of Hobart. The farming area around Woodsdale is among the most drought affected areas in Tasmania. In recent times farmers have been forced to sell off stock at very low prices and in some cases simply give their stock away due to mounting debt and the lack of feed.

Kernaghan and his good mate Brian Egan, who founded Aussie Helpers after being forced off his own Queensland property in the 1990's and was named Queensland Senior Australian of the Year 2008, aim to bring attention to the plight of rural communities devastated by drought.

Lee said "Over the coming months I plan to visit a number of regions that continue to suffer the effects of the drought. I'll be heading out there to pledge my personal support and salute them for the great Australian Spirit they show on a day to day basis. I hope in some way I can let those families know they are not forgotten."

Kernaghan added "I think it will be a fairly informal gathering, we'll fire up the BBQ's, I'll bring along my guitar but most importantly it will be an opportunity for people on the land to talk to each other about the challenges they are facing right now."

The Tasmanian farming community is invited to meet Lee, Brian Egan, Premier Paul Lennon, Minister for Primary Industries David Llewellyn and members of associated agricultural organisations at Woodsdale Football Ground from 11:30am until 4pm on Sunday 6 April 2008.