Supporting Farmers & Small Businesses throughout their Flood Recovery Journey.
The government recently announced support measures for flood impacted business. The extent of the damage across the state means many communities are eligible for support. The flood grants are available now, with some grants continuing to be available for the next six months.
Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) Victoria West’s rural and small business financial counsellors and wellbeing counsellors are on the ground working alongside farmers and small business owners impacted by the damaging and unpredictable nature of the floods.
“We appreciate that it can be difficult during times of crisis to know when or how to reach out for help, or even if you qualify. First and foremost, I encourage people to avoid self-assessing their eligibility as you may miss out on valuable assistance – there are many communities impacted by floods right across Victoria. Our financial counsellors are available to have the conversation no matter the level of impact. We’re here to help farmers and small business owners understand their entitlements, access grants and funding as well as link them and their family in with additional supports to ease their recovery journey,” says Mr. David Stafford, RFCS Victoria West Executive Officer.
During times of crisis, it’s common for mental health and wellbeing issues to also become a concern. Feelings of stress, anxiety and loss can all make the rebuilding journey that much more difficult. At RFCS Victoria West, we have a team of qualified wellbeing counsellors available to ensure anyone eligible or currently working with a financial counsellor is fully supported.
Our counsellors live and work in and around the communities in which we service making them highly accessible, locally relevant, and available for long-term engagement. The service is free, confidential and we can come to you; in your home, on your farm, in your small business, wherever you feel most comfortable.
Reach out when you’re ready, on 1300 735 578
For additional information see the Official Government Media Release.