Biggenden Campdraft cancelled

RECENT rains have come too late to save Biggenden’s largest fundraiser, the Biggenden Charity Campdraft which was cancelled this week due to drought.

Biggenden Charity Campdraft secretary Wendy Lincoln said the event was cancelled because the dry weather had made it difficult to get the number of cattle required.

“We need about 400 head and we would rather run the full event than just a few bits,” she said.

Ms Lincoln said the committee was upset at having to cancel such a large event.

“That’s the biggest disappointment because it is the biggest fundraiser in the area,” she said.

The campdraft had received about 300 nominations.

The NewsMail spoke to a number of Biggenden residents yesterday who reported between 150mm to 200mm (six and eight inches) of rain since December 22.

Ms Lincoln said a number of cattle in the area, including her own, were starting to pick up after the wet weather but would not be ready for the camp draft, which was scheduled for February 20.

Ms Lincoln said the campdraft would be back up and running in 2011.

In 2009, the campdraft raised $4400 for the Biggenden branch of Cancer Council Queensland and the Biggenden Leukaemia Foundation.

“Because there is a lot of cancer in the area we decided to donate to those places,” she said.

North Burnett regional councillor Lofty Wendt said he was disappointed when he heard the news.

“I’m a bit sorry to see it cancelled because it is the biggest fundraiser in the area and a number of people are drawn to Biggenden because of it,” he said.

However, Cr Wendt understood what the committee’s dilemma.

“It is an enormous ask to get people to donate cattle when it has been as dry as it has been for the past 18 months or more,” he said.



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