Local pubs help raise thousands for drought relief

Teegan Stewart, The Crown Hotel Camden. Picture: Chris Lane
Teegan Stewart, The Crown Hotel Camden. Picture: Chris Lane

Farmers across Australia have received a boost thanks to local beer drinkers.

A dozen Macarthur pubs took part in the Let It Pour initiative at the weekend, which raised funds for Rotary Australia’s Drought Relief Fund.

All locals had to do to participate was buy a schooner of Great Northern beer.

The brewing company, owned by Carlton and United breweries, donated 1000 kegs of the amber liquid to venues across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Brad Harding, manager of The Crown Hotel in Camden, said venue staff were happy to take part in the initative.

"Anything we can do to help our farmers is a good thing - we know how desperate they are at the moment," he said.

"We're also doing Parma for a Farmer as well, so $1 from every Parma sold goes to the farmers. People could enjoy a meal and a beer to help out our farmers."

Glenquarie Hotel workers Joanna Jorgensen and Ashley Smyth poured many Great Northern schooners at the weekend. Picture: Chris Lane

Glenquarie Hotel workers Joanna Jorgensen and Ashley Smyth poured many Great Northern schooners at the weekend. Picture: Chris Lane

Patrons at Macquarie Fields' Glenquarie Tavern were more than happy to raise a glass for struggling farmers.

Licensee Paul Radford said the event was a huge success.

"We sold about two kegs of Great Nothern more than usual over the weekend," he said.

"So that's a donation of about $2000 to the Rotary drought relief fund."

Mr Radford said the tavern donated an additional $5000 to a drought relief fund set up by the Australian Hotels Association.

"I couldn't be happier with the way people embraced this initiative," he said.

"It was really well received."

Mr Radford said he had no hesitation signing up to Let it Pour.

"When Carlton contacted me about this campaign I was happy to take it up right away," he said.

"Let It Pour will bring a lot of good to the farmers who are doing it tough."

Picton Hotel manager Naomi Sweeney poured many Great Northern schooners at the weekend. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis

Picton Hotel manager Naomi Sweeney poured many Great Northern schooners at the weekend. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis

Hotelier Ben McCall said the fundraiser was a great success at Picton Hotel.

"The initiative was well received," he said.

"We definitely sold a keg’s worth of Great Northern.

"It is great to see the funds going towards drought relief and hopefully it keeps raining."

Mr McCall said the pub had been involved in several fundraising activities for the Dilly Drought Drive and were “100 per cent behind” helping local farmers.

“I haven’t come across one patron who was not moved by the plight of our farmers right now,” he said.

“It has been great to see the support the community has shown to them.

“We all need to do what we can for our farmers.”

Great Northern general manager Mick McKeown said the brewer had also tipped in $250,000 cash to the Rotary fund.

He hoped to raise more than $1 million for drought relief.

“Regional Australia has supported Great Northern since day one and this weekend it’s time for us to help give back,” Mr McKeown said.

Local pubs which took part included:

  • Picton Hotel
  • George IV Inn in Picton
  • Bargo Hotel
  • The Oaks Hotel
  • Crown Hotel in Camden
  • Camden Hotel
  • Gregory Hills Hotel
  • Glenquarie Hotel in Macquarie Fields 
  • Macarthur Tavern in Campbelltown
  • Bradbury Inn Hotel
  • Ruse Tavern
  • Raby Hotel
  • Ingleburn Tavern