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Applications are now open for organisations to deliver services under the Rural Financial Counselling Services program (RFCS).

Local MP Darren Chester said organisations could apply to deliver services from 2021-22 to 2023-24.

“The RFCS program provides free and independent financial counselling to eligible farmers and small related enterprises throughout Gippsland,” Mr Chester said.

“Our farmers have faced a difficult few years with drought, bushfires and now the coronavirus so a service like this will provide necessary support.

“The service providers would help eligible farmers, fishers, foresters and small related enterprises who are experiencing or are at risk of financial hardship.”

Mr Chester said the program was designed to help farmers and primary producers take control of their financial situation and ensure they remained profitable.

“Ultimately organisations providing these services will help clients to become financially self-reliant and ensure their businesses are better prepared for any risks,” Mr Chester said.

“Throughout Gippsland there are many businesses and primary producers who will benefit from these services.

“I want to encourage local organisations with appropriately skilled staff members to apply to help deliver this much-needed support to the agricultural sector.”

Applications close on December 11, 2020 at 11pm.

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