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Northern NSW : Summer 2017
The Santa Gertrudis Association and Northern Breeders’ Group held their annual sales in Tamworth and Gunnedah in August and September last year with strong attendance and solid bidding. The Cherry family of Gunnedah kindly donated the ‘charity heifer’, which sold for $6,500 in Tamworth, with all proceeds going to the Rescue Helicopter. A pen of steers from the Gunnedah Ag Quip Sale raised $7,500 after a wonderful promotion by The Land and Santa Gertrudis breeders. Santa Gertrudis Australia general manager Ben Noller said ‘The Win a Pen of Steers’ competition presented a great opportunity for Santa Gertrudis members to give back to the community by donating to a worthy organisation that saves many lives in rural Australia. ‘My father was once rescued by the Rescue Helicopter after a farming accident and it is difficult to imagine how he could have been affected without this Service,’ Mr Noller said. The six steers, donated by Watasanta, Tamworth; Tookey Creek and Jarrah Park, Bellata; Northern Breeders Group, Tamworth; Benelkay, Mullaley; Yulgilbar, Baryulgil; and Rockingham, Condobolin, fetched 340 cents a kilogram, returning $2,207. The steers were fed at Wilga feedlot, Bellata, by the MacCue family. The Service’s Community Liaison Officer Michael Wilson described the generosity of rural communities as incredible. A historic WW2 Hawker Hurricane was the star attraction at a special air show in the Upper Hunter which drew 4,500 enthusiasts and helped raise $26,000 for the Rescue Helicopter. Piloted by well-known aviation business owner and restorer Ross Pay, the fully restored Hurricane took to the sky for her official public unveiling during the ‘Flight of the Hurricane’ at Scone Airport on 12 November. The aircraft was among a select group of military planes on show including a Spitfire VIII, P-51 Mustang, Grumman Avenger, CAC Wirraway, T-28 Trojan and a L-39 Albatros, with all owners generously donating their services. The event was a huge community effort to organise with Ross Pay, Hurricane owner and Scone Volunteer Support Group member John Brooks, Scone Aero Club, Upper Hunter Shire Council and several major aviation businesses and organisations lending their support. ‘It’s been more than 70 years since a Hurricane has flown in Australia and more than two years to bring her back to her full glory - with a new colour scheme to mark the occasion,’ Mr Pay said. As a lasting tribute, the aircraft now features the markings of Newcastle-born Pilot Officer John Dallas Crossman who was killed in action when he was shot down in a Hurricane during the Battle of Britain on 30 September 1940. Farmers producing for the Service Historic Hurricane flies for chopper Dennis Moxey, Northern Santa Gertrudis Breeders Group, and competition winner John Johnson, Karuah, with Mr Moxey’s bull Denngal Kartel K3. Picture courtesy of The Land Hawker Hurricane and Spitfire VIII put on a show. Picture by Mark Jessop – Aviation Spotters Online Scone Volunteer Support Group members enjoying the air show 21 Rescue Magazine SUMMER 2017
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