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Selfies with sunflowers in golden paddock near Casino

This year's gold will bring money to Casino Cancer Group

by Susanna Freymark, 03/06/2021, 2 min read

THE golden yellow heads of thousands of sunflowers have transformed Casino Coraki Rd.

The fields of gold have become a feature of the area with people flocking to take selfies and post them on social media.

Farmer Damian MacRae said everyone was expecting the sunflowers again this season.

“Sometimes there are 30–40 cars at one time,” he said.

GOLDEN BEAUTIES: Farmer Damian MacRae among the rows and rows of sunflowers blooming on Casino Coraki Rd. Photo: Susanna Freymark

Five years ago, Damian planted some sunflowers at the back of the 52ha property.

“We did a crop rotation,” Damian said, “the sunflowers loosen the soil.”

He has lived at the farm, 5km out of Casino for 21 years and in between the sunflower planting, Damian grows soybeans, corn and cane.

Yet it is the sunflowers that brings people by the carload to see the flowers.

This year Damian is using the sunflower attraction to raise money for charity.

Donations for sunflowers go to the Casino Cancer Group. Photo: Susanna Freymark

“My mum raises money for the Casino Cancer Group at her hoy group.”

People knew she was the mother of the man who grew the sunflowers, Damian said.

At the roadside, cut sunflowers are available and a donation can be made into a secured charity box.

Last week’s storm damaged about 30% of the sunflowers.

The rest though, turn their heads to face the setting sun as Damian mows the strip of grass next to the crop to make it easier for people to see and photograph the sunflowers.

VISITING THE SUNFLOWERS

People are welcome to take photos but must not enter the paddock because it could damage the crop.

Cut sunflowers are available and a donation can be made into a secure box at the site. Money raised goes to Casino Cancer Group.

Be aware of traffic when stopping to see the sunflowers and pulling out onto the road.

Ashley, 12, with the two sunflowers she was taking home. Photo: Susanna Freymark