McColl’s and CUB combine for drought relief effort

Water on Wheels program designed to deliver recycled water to farmers

McColl’s and CUB combine for drought relief effort
McColl's tanker fleet is being used for water delivery drought assistance


McColl’s Transport has linked with Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) for a Water on Wheels initiative designed to deliver recycled brewing water to farmers affected by drought.

The start of the pilot program saw about 25,000 litres of water delivered to a Southern Downs farm recently.

Free non-potable water used at CUB’s Yatala plant will be delivered to farms within 50km of the Newell or Pacific highways in Queensland and NSW, to be used on crops or livestock as the drought persists.

McColl’s fleet comprises a specialised bulk tanker division catering for the task.

"We have hundreds of drivers travelling throughout Australia to farms every week to pick up milk supplies," McColl’s Group business development manager Andrew Thompson says.

"We have seen first-hand how dry many parts of Queensland and New South Wales are and the struggles that families on the land have to battle. McColl’s wants to do whatever it can to help these farmers until the rain comes."

Simon Thornton returned to the McColl's helm last year

According to CUB Queensland sales director Mick McKeown, the water deliveries are just one of the small things the brewer could do to help those battling through drought.

"We helped launch Water on Wheels because regional Australian communities like those in the Southern Downs have always supported us," McKeown says.

"We have the water and McColls has the transport network, so it makes perfect sense for us to focus some of our disaster relief efforts on an initiative like this.

"This is a trial run over the next couple of months as we work closely with Granite Belt Drought Assist and other organisations on the ground to identify farms who need this water and who are located within 50km of the Newell or Pacific highways.

"Water on Wheels has been created to deliver recycled water to farmers in need as we continue to support those Australian communities that have always supported us."


Granite Belt Drought Assist is helping co-ordinate the farmers who receive the water.

Manager Glenda Riley says the water deliveries willmake a huge difference to those who are living on the land.

Farmers who want to find out more about Water on Wheels are encouraged to contact info@gbdagroup.


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