Another Muswellbrook truckie Michael Wheeler assisting struggling farmers with much-needed supplies

HOT Wheels was a favourite for many children throughout the years, but now it’s the farmers who are dreaming of receiving one.

Hot Wheels Haulage, run by Muswellbrook truckie Michael Wheeler, has been delivering hay and other goods to farms since January.

It’s an incredible effort by Mr Wheeler, who had no experience transporting animal fodder before he decided to help, however he said he has no regrets.

“One day a local farmer from Scone called me up and asked if I carted hay,” he explained.

“I said I’ve never done it my life but I’ll give it a go, so I did it.

“And, I thought it was pretty good, I didn’t mind doing it and I’ve been carting hay ever since.”

He also said he was unaware of the sheer demand there was for farming resources – and has adapted his business around it to make sure local battlers can get supplies quicker and cheaper, which is crucial in times like these.

Mr Wheeler is unsure of how many people he’s been able to reach, but estimates it’s cleared the 100 mark by quite a margin.

He said the work was very rewarding, too.

He’s also pleased he’s been able to have such an impact on people’s lives.

“I’ve had good ones (reactions), very good ones,” Mr Wheeler said.

“I’ve become a shoulder to cry on, I’ve done charity runs and we just try our best.

“Everyone is ecstatic to see us when we arrive.”

Photo courtesy of Hot Wheels Haulage

Photo courtesy of Hot Wheels Haulage

He’s happy to continue the deliveries but said it’s becoming increasingly difficult to do so, due to the lack of stock available.

“There’s been a big drop in hay, and I don’t believe it’s because the farmers don’t need it,” Mr Wheeler said.

“I believe they just can’t find it.

“[Even with] all the charities moving the hay, it’s still not enough.

“And, they’ll never get to every farm, they won’t be able to feed every cow because there’s just not enough hay around.”

A compassionate Mr Wheeler said he’s simply hopeful farmers can make it through the drought, and don’t lose their livelihoods before it’s over.

“I just hope they’re okay, I’m scared whether they’re surviving or not,” he said.

It’s a sentiment felt by all of the community.

But, fortunately, people like Mr Wheeler are making it easier for those who need a helping hand.