CORRYONG farmer Belinda Attree wants the south-west community to know they have an "angel" living among them.
That person is Nullawarre farmer Max Anderson, who wrangled more than 100 local farmers and volunteers to drive 82 trucks loaded with donated hay to fire-ravaged Corryong last weekend.
"He's just amazing, you don't know how lucky you guys are down there to have someone like Max in the community," Ms Attree said.
The northern-Victorian town was hit twice by devastating bushfires - first on New Years Eve, and then on January 4.
"There were a lot of farms and a lot of cattle lost, my husband and I have 450 acres and have about 40 left and we lost about 20 head of cattle, but there's some people who lost so much more," said Ms Attree, who is Corryong born-and-bred.
"Our neighbour has 1500 acres and about 15 left, another lost their entire years-worth of breeding stock.
"We've never seen anything like what we had come through, it moved very quickly. Initially it started a while away, then overnight it was upon us. By 6.30am the next morning it wiped us out."
The town lost all lines of communication, power and internet.
An evacuation centre set up at the local high school saw 1500 flee to its doors.
So when the town saw nearly 100 heavy trucks roll into town loaded with hay the tears flowed.
"It was so overwhelming, the kids were waving the trucks through with little flags and people were breaking down in tears," she said.
"The trucks went directly onto the farms affected and the drivers all took the time to talk to the farmers. There were grown men in tears, the truck drivers were in tears, it's just what the community needed really."
A community dinner was held at the Corryong Bowls Club for the farmers and drivers, which saw nearly 200 people through the doors.
Local poet Maurie Foun recited the entire Banjo Paterson poem, 'The Man From Snowy River' by heart.
Corryong is the final resting place of legendary horseman Jack Riley, who the poem is based on. The town plans to host their famous Man From Snowy River Bush Festival this April to raise money for bushfire recovery efforts.
"It's so important for people to go into fire affected communities, not just Corryong but places like Gippsland and Mallacoota too," Ms Attree said.
"Our town was shut down for two weeks during our peak tourist season, so many businesses just didn't get that income they need to survive and go forward.
"Farmers need that assistance now to get the crops in and sow seeds back into paddocks that were just scorched."
Back home, Mr Anderson was moved by the experience and kind words shared by the community.
"Every truck driver had tears in their eyes," he said.
"To see people crying on the side of the road was something else.
"It was a real morale-booster for everyone, everyone told their story and it was very well-received.
"The generosity down here for the people giving the hay was unbelievable, farmers as far as Portland, Heywood, Casterton, Colac, Mortlake and Timboon all donated.
"A big thank you to all of them."
Mr Anderson is already planning his next hay drive through the Timboon Lions Club and is accepting donations now.
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