Formal announcement that visitors are now banned from Farm Animal Rescue as required by the Queensland Government.
The Queensland Government has imposed a Visitor Ban on Farm Animal Rescue (FAR) indefinitely, and until the Dayboro Road upgrade at the front of the farm is complete.
FAR has attended numerous constructive meetings with senior government leaders since July 2017 about the requirement for us to contribute to the $300,000 assessed road work cost, to ensure the Government understands our financial constraints. Sadly there has been no resolution that our charity can afford.
Effective immediately, the Visitor Ban prohibits our animal sponsors, volunteers, community members, photographers and media from entering the farm. Only FAR residents, animal carers, service providers and committee members can lawfully enter the property until the ban is lifted.
FAR remains committed to raising community awareness of the lives of all farm animals, and providing sanctuary to our 80 animal residents. While the Visitor Ban affects our capacity to raise funds through our popular Open Days, FAR’s Management Committee is developing a strategy to maintain the safety and care of resident animals, and to enable our supporters to stay in touch with what is happening at the farm. We are endeavouring to mitigate the financial burden of this situation where we are faced, in the short term, with reduced fundraising capability, as well as significant future financial demands from the Government.
FAR is deeply appreciative of the community support received over the past few months. Approximately 42,000 people signed our petition objecting to the Government’s demands for our small animal charity to fund roadworks. Regrettably, our supporters’ views seem to have been over-looked.
At this time, we are unable to confirm whether the sanctuary will open again to visitors and so invite people to help by sponsoring one of our animal residents, becoming a FAR Volunteer for external events, and by joining our Supporters Club to help raise the much-needed funds to sustain our sanctuary.