A local business man from Wudinna, where Rex and Vicki farm, organized
a fleet of trucks loaded with hay and general freight to cart much needed
supplies to the fire ravaged area north east of Melbourne.
As they were running short of prime movers to haul the semi trailers Rex
volunteered his truck and services to help out, so he and a close friend who
will co-drive set of this morning on a 2,200 km round trip to deliver the
Here Rex and Phil pose for the camera at a truck service centre in Adelaide
where the computer was adjusted to allow for speed of 100 KPH, this has
just been increased from 90 KPH that had applied when Rex converted to
"Road Train" operation.
This is yet another way Australia has banded together to help out the victims
of the fires, there has already been well over 100 Million dollars donated by
a generous public, business and sporting bodies, as well as the mountains of
goods, food, clothing, bedding, furniture, and anything else that has been
Another death has occurred, bringing the total at this time to 201, this time
it was a volunteer fireman from Canberra who was crushed to death when a
tree fell onto the back of a fire truck as he was attaching a hose to it.
This by some miracle was the first death of a fireman during the holocaust.
Yet another vast area, this time in NSW and WA, has been flooded, adding
to the floods that have inundated huge areas in Qld over the last 2 weeks,
it seems that very little of the flood waters will reach the parched parts of
NSW and SA, most of it will flow west and either fill or partly fill Lake Eyre
this happens 4 or 5 times each century, the very flat country that the water
goes through make for a very slow moving flood that will take another 2
to 3 months to reach its destination.
Meanwhile this land of contrasts has Fire, flood and drought all vying for
attention at the same time, it never gets boring!!