Extension to rural financial counselling funds welcomed

A further $3.5 million of funding for rural counselling services has been welcomed.
A further $3.5 million of funding for rural counselling services has been welcomed. Anne Smith

CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry has welcomed an extension of funding to the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) which has been helping drought-distressed farming families, small business owners and rural workers.

Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce this afternoon confirmed a further $3.5 million would be provided to existing service providers until March 31, 2016.

Ms Landry said the service was vital in regional areas where workloads had increased due to the drought impacting on up to 70% of Queensland.

"Rural financial counsellors provide a very important shoulder to lean on for advice, financial direction and even mental health support by offering someone to talk to for farmers and small rural businesses and even rural workers facing very tough conditions during the drought," Ms Landry said.

Up to 120 qualified rural financial counsellors work across 14 regions in Australia.

Ms Landry said the latest $3.5 million boost to the service comes on top of $1.8 million in additional funding previously provided for drought-affected areas. These funds are on top of the $14.3 million annual funding pool already allocated to the program for 2015-16.

Topics:  counselling drought michelle landry

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

School kids urged to share what Anzac Day means to them

PROUD AUSSIES: Florence Scott (President of Redbank Plains RSL Sub Branch), Gary Gibson (Secretary of Redbank RSL Sub Branch), school captains, Milton and Principal Tom Beck.

The winner will receive a new Apple iPad.

WHAT'S ON: 10 things to do this weekend

FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY: Based on the bestselling book series, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie boasts an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms. The film tells the story of two imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotise their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

How about a movie? Or an old fashioned social dance in the country?

Mum hits the big time with enviro-friendly nappies

IDEAS LADY: Jordan McGregor with son Hunter. Jordan has been nominated for a Queensland Young Achiever award.

Jordan McGregor recieves recognition for her enviro-friendly nappies

Local Partners