Dural bush band raises funds for rural communities

Bush band The Inland Navigators raised more than $900 to help farmers in drought affected areas through their annual shed party in Dural.

An akubra was passed around for donations at the picnic and three-hour concert with 60 friends. The funds will go to Buy a Bale, which provides fodder for stock in drought stricken areas, and  Volunteers for Isolated Student Education (VISE), which provides tutoring and home help for children learning through distance education.

Lead singer Eric Pellinkhof said the band had been together since 1980 when it played in Dural Musical Society’s production of Reedy River.

‘‘The five band members all play in different line-ups from time to time, so it wasn’t hard to fill the concert with a variety of quality music,” he said.

“To raise over $900 was a terrific outcome so we are considering making it an annual event.’’

Mr Pellinkhof thanked the other acts including the Beatles Unplugged with Strings Attached, Martine Monroe, Dave Mason-Cox, Green Tea Serenade, Springtide, and Stay Tuned Choir for providing the music, and Dural Stockfeeds for providing hay bales for the event.

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