Tony Heeson, front, is over the moon about receiving 1000 bails of hay from Caniaba farmer Greg Galea, behind. The hay will onc
Tony Heeson, front, is over the moon about receiving 1000 bails of hay from Caniaba farmer Greg Galea, behind. The hay will onc

Farmer a hot favourite at Billycart Derby

By BREE PRICE

TONY HEESON describes Caniaba farmer Greg Galea as his saviour.

On Tuesday Mr Heeson, the Bangalow Billycart Derby co-ordinator, found out he needed to find 1000 bales of hay to line the streets during the race.

With only four days remaining before Sunday's big event, panic set in.

"We can't run the Billycart Derby without the hay. If people lose it they hit a bail of hay," Mr Heeson said.

"We would have to rent those water-filled barriers, but they are fearfully expensive.

"We started ringing around (to find hay bales) and finally got on to our saviour, Greg.

"We would have made 15 calls before finding him. I even rang people in Toowoomba."

Greg said the hay was an experiment and he never expected to sell 1000 bales in one hit.

"We lost our macadamias in the hailstorm earlier this year so we baled the hay from in between the trees," he said.

Mr Heeson said the derby was now 'all systems go', but don't ask him what will happen if it rains on Sunday.

"Don't ask those words," he said.

"If it's raining it won't be on, and we can't postphone it."



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