Drought counselling for Queensland farmers

Posted 23 September 2016

FarmerQueensland farmers recovering from drought can now access to expanded counselling services.

Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce has announced an additional $120,000 in funding to both Rural Financial Counselling Services (RFCS) North Queensland and the RFCS Queensland South Western Regions.

“The Coalition Government recognises that tough times can put severe pressure on farmers trying to manage both farm and household budgets,” Joyce said.

“The additional resources for RFCS providers will enable them to retain skilled professionals to help farmers understand their financial situation and build financial self-sufficiency, in regions that have been experiencing hardship or drought.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen welcomed the additional funding.

“Farmers traditionally find themselves faced with difficult circumstances for a wide variety of reasons so this funding will also enable RFCS providers to meet demand in regions experiencing hardship or drought,” he said.

“Funding for programs such as this make it just a little bit easier for farmers to access the assistance they require, including supporting farmers with business planning and farm debt mediation.”

The RFCS is co-funded by the Commonwealth and the Queensland Government.
Information on accessing services is available here.