Burrumbuttock Hay Run organiser Brendan Farrell will return to Ilfracombe

PIPE DREAM: Farmer Brendan Farrell, pictured looking over some donated hay with his son Sam, 4, at Burrumbuttock recently, wants to set up a pipeline to deliver a permanent water supply for the Queensland town of Ilfracombe.

PIPE DREAM: Farmer Brendan Farrell, pictured looking over some donated hay with his son Sam, 4, at Burrumbuttock recently, wants to set up a pipeline to deliver a permanent water supply for the Queensland town of Ilfracombe.

BRENDAN Farrell has a new project.

The Burrumbuttock Hay Run organiser is adamant a 34-kilometre pipeline from the Thomson River would prevent the Ilfracombe community from running dry.

"There’s a video on my Facebook page of a dam nearly empty near Ilfracombe, it’s got three to four weeks of water left in it; then they're out,” he said.

"That town is 20 k away from Longreach, Longreach has got sprinklers going on the main street every day.”

Mr Farrell hoped international attention the hay run attracted would force governments into action.

"We've been Trended over 500 million times around the world on social media, I can't comprehend that,” Mr Farrell said. “I'm not Justin Bieber or anything like that but we are flogging him in the ratings, and the Kardashians, but I didn't do this for that, I’ve done this to get the drought back on the map.”

But Mr Farrell has little faith in politicians.

"There's a lot of political bull that's going on in the country. Everyone's trying to save their own arse because it's election year,” he said.

"I'm going to drive back up there in a few weeks, I'm going to sit down with a few locals and we'll start this little project.

"I've already got the team organised that's going to come and do it. I'll raise the money myself and I will get that water in for them."

“It’s 34 k from the bend in the river to the dam and the Longreach shire just went 'no, they're pretty right' but they're going to put in a $1.3m roundabout.

"It will be done. They said I couldn't take 100 trucks over the Queensland border.”

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