Official Media Release

Michael Johnsen Welcomes Significant Donation By Glencore To Buy A Bale In Upper Hunter

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today joined with primary producers and farming families of the Stewarts Brook community to thank Glencore for their donation of $200,000 to Buy A Bale.

Mr Johnsen said that following a discussion he had in early April with Ian Cribb, Chief Operating Officer for Glencore, the company agreed to donate to Buy A Bale.

“Our local community has been really touched and amazed by this significant donation by Glencore, and the many attendees at today’s announcement testify to that.

“As a Member of the Nationals in Government who works for his local community, I am delighted to see many farming families set to benefit from this donation, and I have noted the appreciative feedback I have received today.

“It is my sincere hope that other large businesses will follow this excellent example of corporate citizenry from Glencore.

“As a former farmer myself, I know there are good and bad periods in farming, and that currently we are going through a bad period, so I would strongly encourage those affected farmers to contact me so I can highlight the assistance that is available to our local community.

“I would first and foremost encourage those members of our community in need to register with Buy A Bale by visiting https://www.buyabale.com.au/ or call 1300 327624.

“The NSW Government has also created a ‘Drought Hub’ which farmers can visit online https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub to learn about the assistance that is available, both state and federal,” Mr Johnsen concluded.

*A photo from today’s event can be seen on Michael’s Facebook.