Tanilba’s Helen Smith is back from her second ‘Big Red Bash’ at Birdsville

Helen with her sister’s ‘Big Red Bash Book’.


Tanilba’s Helen Smith is back from her second ‘Big Red Bash’ at Birdsville.

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She journeyed there with her sister Patricia where the dynamic duo promoted Patricia’s books which are photographic records of the annual event, the outback and the people who live there.

The 10 000 patrons of the ‘Big Red Bash’ also inject much needed cash into the drought ravaged communities as Helen said, “It’s not just Birdsville that benefits.”

“Along the way people stop off at other remote villages and spend money on accommodation, meals and fuel,” she added.

“This helps to keep these towns afloat during these difficult times.”

Going on holidays out west is a great way to help the drought affected rural areas. This will augment our local Lions Clubs’ initiatives.

The combined Tilligerry / Medowie effort saw some 44 truck loads of hay dispersed amongst needy farmers.

Food and essential items were also dispersed.

On top of this, local tradies such as Tanilba’s Stephen Stone rolled up their sleeves and repaired run down machinery and fences where needed.


Volunteer rural tradie Stephen Stone.

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