BARCALDINE Mayor Rob Chandler had advised that the 2018 Harry Redford Cattle Drive will not be proceeding.
He said that due to the incessant drought that has continued in Western Queensland and other parts, the iconic Harry Redford Cattle Drive has had to be cancelled yet again due to a lack of feed on the drovers run.
“This decision has not come lightly; with extensive consultation with the boss drover, David Hay, and the chair, Gary Peoples, the committee has reached this difficult decision.
“As you may appreciate, this has been an extremely disappointing and difficult decision for the steering committee to make.
“The primary reason for the cancellation sits with the welfare of the stock and horses and available feed on the stock route.
“This is the fourth year we have had to cancel due to the drought condition.”
Chair of the cattle drive, Gary Peoples, said: “We are sorry to disappoint all those people who were waiting to book on the ride, but there is no-one more disappointed than the volunteers.
“It was a very hard decision to make, all options were looked at, but the drought has had the better of us.”
The continued drought is now hurting entire communities, not just graziers. Currently, 85 per cent of Queensland is drought declared.
As the region’s flagship event, many local businesses were looking forward to the welcome economic boost that the event would bring to the community.
The Harry Redford Cattle Drive committee sincerely regrets any inconvenience and disappointment caused by this unavoidable cancellation.
The committee also would like to thank all past participants and people who want to go on the drive for their prayers for rain and all their wellwishes.