Funding local support service for farmers

– The Turnbull Government is investing an additional $1.4 million over two years for WA Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS).

– Brings total commitment to more than $70 million in four years.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said South West farmers in financial hardship or drought will benefit from the additional $1.4 million the Turnbull Government is delivering for the region’s RFCS to extend its funding to 2020.

“No matter how strong you are there sometimes comes a point where you need help,” Mrs Marino said.

“The RFCS is an essential service and is currently helping around over 290 clients locally, sitting down around their kitchen tables to talk it out and make a plan for the future.

“The counsellors help clients make business decisions, plans and improvements, such as prioritising payments to creditors, negotiating with lenders, and deciding on their long-term vision.”

Since 2013, the Turnbull Government has provided more than $1 billion in assistance measures to help farmers and communities in drought and the Farm Household Allowance has helped over 7,900 recipients.

For more information on the RFCS visit agriculture.gov.au/rfcs or call 1800 686 175.