Holiday home offered to farmers for free
A VACANT Mooloolaba unit is being offered to give struggling farmers a well-earned holiday away from their farms and the battles with drought.
Jen and husband Tim Peut said their pet-friendly unit was available free of charge for a family in need.
Mrs Peut grew up in the small country town of Cowra and has seen the effects of drought first-hand.
Skinny stock are being shot instead of sold and those that are, are selling for as low as $5 a pop.
These farmers are amidst a severe drought and Mrs Peut knows a holiday unit might be only a temporary distraction but something she can't ignore.
"The current lease on the property is coming to an end and it will be vacant until the new tenants move in, so we couldn't let this wonderful opportunity for a farmer pass up," Mrs Peut said.
"It is a good, little, furnished family unit in the back streets of Mooloolaba.
"They can bring their small pets and just relax and unwind.
"We are hoping someone on the Coast knows someone who needs a break."
She says she is fortunate enough to be in a solid financial state and knew she couldn't let the chance to help slip by.
It has created a chain reaction with the community, which local business owners all jumping to help out too.
"My dad worked in agriculture, and I remember seeing how tough it was," she said.
"Kids at school couldn't afford new shoes, and it just had this trickle-on effect to the cafes, small businesses in town. There was just no money left.
"I know some of these farmers haven't had a break in five years. You hear about the suicide rate and it's heart-breaking.
"The community is really getting together. We are feeling their pain."
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