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BACK Home | Media Releases DAFF07/012SL- 14 March 2007

Charleville gets new Rural Financial Counselling Service office

A new office for the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) Queensland was opened in Charleville today by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Sussan Ley.

Ms Ley encouraged eligible people in Queensland’s south western area to contact the Charleville office on 07 4654 3455 — or drop into the new office at 90 Alfred Street, Charleville.

The new Charleville office is run by the RFCS Queensland - South Western Region, which now employs five rural financial counsellors at Charleville, Roma, Taroom, and Ipswich.

Ms Ley also met with representatives of the RFCS Queensland - Central Southern Region in Longreach yesterday.

The RFCS Queensland - Central Southern Region employ six rural financial counsellors, servicing areas around Emerald, Mundubbera, Miles and St George.

“The Australian Government’s RFCS Programme provides financial counselling to help primary producers and small rural businesses facing financial difficulties,” Ms Ley said.

“These two regions are to be congratulated on the important work they are doing.

“The RFCS programme plays an important role in helping drought-affected farming families and small rural businesses access all the government assistance available to help them through this tough time. In particular, the programme provides relevant information and options for change and adjustment.

“Some of these options include diversification of industries, changing farm business management practices, leasing the farm or obtaining off-farm income. Some people might consider leaving farming, and help is provided in this process.

“The Australian Government allocated additional funding to the RFCS Programme in the 2006-07 Budget last May. Further funding of $7 million was announced last October, as

part of the Australian Government’s 2006 Drought Package.

“This means services have been able to appoint additional rural financial counsellors, and increase administrative support where necessary, to help manage the increased drought-related workload.

“Australian Government funding for the RFCS Programme now totals $42.5 million over the four years to 30 June 2008.”

Further media inquiries:

Ms Ley's office: Verity Williams 02 6277 4503 or 0428 213 264

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