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New rural financial counselling providers for Queensland

DAFF06/117PM 21 August 2006

To tackle continuing drought and cost-price pressures, Queensland farmers and rural small businesses will benefit from a further upgrading of rural counselling services.

Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Peter McGauran, today announced two organisations selected to run rural financial counselling services in Queensland.

“The new organisations will provide free financial counselling assistance to primary producers, fishermen and small rural business people in financial difficulty who cannot access other types of impartial support.

“Rural financial counsellors provide invaluable information and options to help their clients manage the challenges of change in their primary industry or rural business,” he said.

The new RFCS providers are:

z Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board, to

be known as RFCS Queensland - Central Southern Region; and z Rural Solutions Queensland to be known as RFCS Queensland - South Western


RFCS Queensland - Central Southern is an amalgamation of previous service providers and will serve the central west from Boulia to Emerald and south from Monto to Paroo.

RFCS Queensland - South Western will serve the region from Bungil to Bulloo.

Mr McGauran said the services will introduce new operational arrangements to provide effective and professional rural financial counselling assistance.

“Increased flexibility and mobility of rural financial counsellors will see better targeting of areas where eligible clients have a need for rural financial counselling assistance.

“The Government has agreed with the Queensland RFCS Advisory Committee’s comments that a two-region delivery option will allow the service to be elevated to the level of professionalism required by the RFCS national framework,” he said.

The new services will receive funding from the Australian Government’s increased contribution to the RFCS Programme in the 2006 Federal Budget.

Rural financial counsellors will be strategically located to avoid any duplication of service provision by the Queensland government-funded farm financial counselling service.

The attached map defines the local government areas covered by each service.

Further media inquiries:

Minister McGaurans' office: Russ Neal 02 6277 7520

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