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Graziers get more support

Monday, 21st December, 2015

Barnaby Joyce Barnaby Joyce

By Darrin Manuel

Drought-stricken farmers in western NSW will continue to receive support to stretch every dollar further in trying times, according to the federal government.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, this week announced an extra $920,000 for Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) providers nationally.

Ms Ley said she was pleased to see $180,000 of that funding going to Farrer farmers who were struggling.

“I’m really pleased that this service will continue to be delivered across the Far West and to the Upper and Lower Darling regions, including Broken Hill, Wentworth, Wilcannia and Ivanhoe.

“There are a number of areas across Farrer which have experienced prolonged drought and it is vital that we provide the funding necessary to meet increased demand for RFCS services that might not be met within existing resources.

“I had close involvement with the RFCS during the Howard government and actually met (Broken Hill’s) local provider Brian Dodson who was doing a fantastic job in the far west in the worst drought I think we’d ever experienced in those days.

“But the clear message back to us through all of this is that you don’t just locate people in places where there has been a crisis; you keep them there for the long term because every farmer knows that you need to be prepared, you need to be secure, and there are things that your RFCS can help you with all through your farming experience.”

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