GEORGE WELCOMES NSW CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR THE RURAL FINANCIAL COUNSELLING SERVICE

GEORGE WELCOMES NSW CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR THE RURAL FINANCIAL COUNSELLING SERVICE

9 September 2011

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today welcomed the announcement that the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will continue to support the Rural Financial Counselling Service, with funding for the 2011-12 financial year confirmed in the NSW Budget.

Mr George said Tuesday's Budget confirmed that NSW will continue contributing to the Federal Government's Rural Financial Counselling program

"The NSW Government contributes about 15 per cent of the overall budget for the program and funding will be maintained at the same level as previous years.

"This announcement demonstrates that the NSW Government is serious in maintaining our commitment in ensuring continual support for our farmers as they recover from the drought," Mr George said.

Mr George said the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is responsible for providing support and important advisory and structural adjustment services to farmers in NSW.

"The NSW DPI Rural Support Program has been refocused to help farmers recover and prepare for future droughts, floods and other emergencies.

"The Rural Support Program and the Rural Financial Counselling Service have been vital to farmers in the Lismore electorate and across the State throughout the drought recovery period.

"It will take time for our farmers and rural communities to recover from what was the worst drought in NSW history, especially when other obstacles including floods have also presented.

"The Rural Financial Counselling Service has been there helping farmers through their recovery and this announcement will allow the Service to continue to do so," Mr George concluded.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577