Bore gets another boost

About $40,000 raised in Wee Waa on Saturday night

Rachel Cruckshank of Namoi Cotton hands over a cheque for $10,000 to Yarrie Lake Bore Working Group members Lester Kelly and Fred Browning.

If anyone was in any doubt as to what a bore at Yarrie Lake would mean for the region, that was well and truly blown away in Wee Waa on Saturday night.

About 100 people gathered at the Imperial Hotel for the second fundraiser for the bore project, and their response absolutely astounded organisers.

About $40,000 was raised through the combination of an auction and large corporate donations, swelling the bore fund to more than $85,000.

That isn’t far off the $100,000 target organisers had set when they announced plans to push ahead with the bore proposal, which if successful would see Yarrie Lake always have enough water in it to allow boats.

On Saturday night, even though the welcome rain kept some of the 115 ticket buyers away, more than $20,000 was raised in the auction, with crop spraying and contract harvesting services proving particularly popular.

And to top it off Namoi Cotton presented a donation of $10,000 and Peel Valley Machinery chimed in with $5000 - the latter’s Andrew Johns all too aware of what a fully operational Yarrie Lake would mean in attracting staff to live in the region.

Yarrie Lake Bore Working Group member Lester Kelly said the event exceeded expectations.