WA Truckies Hook Up With BHP And Sims Metal To Send Scrap Rail To Drought-Hit Queensland Farmers

A convoy of trucks from Western Australia's Pilbara region is making its way east to help farming communities devastated by recent flooding in Queensland.

Truck driver Michael King decided to act when he heard how dire the situation was.

"We were carting chemicals to McArthur River after the floods because they couldn't get any across from the eastern states, and we just ran into people at Cape Crawford — they enlightened me with what exactly was going on there," Mr King said.

"I rang my daughter who works down in Newman and she put us in contact with someone else and consequently we came back here back to Port Hedland and off we went.

The scrap rail was donated by mining giant BHP and SIMS Metal.

"The rail is good stuff in station country, it's not the easiest thing to handle but it doesn't rust away," Mr King said