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Grape generosity helps Queensland wildlife survive Cyclone Larry

After the devastating effects of Cyclone Larry, wildlife in far north Queensland were left with little or no food sources, since the storm did a thorough job of stripping plants and trees between Cardwell, Cairns and the Atherton/Evelyn Tableland.

When McLaren Vale Grape, Wine and Tourism Association heard about the plight of Queensland native birds and animals, the organization linked up with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to provide the organisation with names of McLaren Vale grape-growers who could donate grapes to the hungry, injured or orphaned wildlife victims.

“Acts of nature can cause such an impact; and we always like to help out other regions whenever we can,” said Lucy Hyde, Viticulture Development Officer for McLaren Vale Grape, Wine and Tourism Association.

Heeding the call for help, McLaren Vale father-and-son growers Don and Joe Lopresti, along with a volunteer team of community residents, came together to pick over 120 kilograms of grapes from the Lopresti Wines Willunga vineyard, and then arranged to have them flown to Northern Queensland.

“We didn’t realise wine grapes could be used to feed various rainforest wildlife,” said Joe Lopresti, Manager of Lopresti Wines.

To make a grape donation to aid wildlife victims of Cyclone Larry, phone Carly Williams, Project Officer Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service on (07) 4046 6698.

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