Another finance "angel" for Gippsland farmers
Federal agriculture minister David Littleproud has returned to Gippsland with funding for another rural financial counsellor to work with drought-affected farmers in the region.
The minister joined Gippsland MP Darren Chester in talking to primary producers in Orbost on Wednesday night and at Bairnsdale and Lindenow yesterday.
The additional rural financial counsellor in Gippsland is part of a further $3.7 million from the federal government for the Rural Financial Counselling Service.
The extra funding brings the Coalition’s commitment to the service to $77 million.
Speaking in Bairnsdale, Mr Littleproud said the RFCS had given crucial support to farming families during recent floods and drought.
“Rural Financial Counsellors are our angels on the ground,” Minister Littleproud said.
“One of many things they do is fill out Farm Household Allowance applications for farmers - for free.
“The RFCS itself will decide how best to use the extra $3.7 million.
“This free service helps farmers cut through red tape and access all the support available to them.
“Since August the RFCS hotline has received more than 1,300 calls for assistance.”