Our team has been out and about talking about how we can support drought affected farmers and their families at the Australian Government’s 22 outreach events across South Australia this month (May 2019).

Organised by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities’ Drought Taskforce, the events have provided farmers, farm workers, contractors and suppliers with the opportunity to sit down for one-on-one discussions with experts from the Commonwealth and South Australian governments, farm business advisors, mental health support organisations and charities.

The aim of the events has been to provide tailored advice about accessing the immediate and longer term support measures available to help people  manage their financial affairs, farm businesses and health challenges during and after drought.

According to organisers, people have been surprised at the vast range of support measures that are available, which includes financial assistance, tax assistance, small business coaching, tools to assist farm-related decision making and information about local mental health support services.

To talk to a rural financial counsellor please call 1800 836 211. Queries about other drought assistance measures can be directed to the Drought Hotline on 1800 255 556 or the South Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regions’ Drought Hub at pir.sa.gov.au/drought

Pictured: Senior Rural Financial Counsellor Paula Kelly, Rural Financial Counsellor Darren Longbottom and RBS Projects Officer Kellie Harrison at the Clare drought outreach event.