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Lee Kernaghan's Paddock Tours

17 June 2008

Australian of the Year Lee Kernaghan will visit the drought-stricken farming areas around Australia over the coming months as part of his Paddock Tours. These visits are about bringing the community, families, politicians and various support organisations together to discuss the issues facing drought affected communities and look at ways of improving the situation.

The Paddock Tours start with a visit to Mildura. Lee will join the rural community assistance organisation Aussie Helpers to meet people from the Mildura farming area between 11am and 3pm at Barclay Square in Red Cliffs on Sunday 29 June 2008.

"Over the coming months I plan to visit a number of regions that continue to suffer the effects of the drought." Lee said.

"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 will be joined by his good mate Brian Egan, Queensland Senior Australian of the Year 2008, who founded Aussie Helpers after being forced off his own Queensland property in the 1990's.

Information will be made available to farming families at the event and there will be a sausage sizzle and a jumping castle for the kids.

For more information on Aussie Helpers visit

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