More support is now available for farmers facing hardship in Queensland with the announcement of a dedicated Farm Liaison Officer within Rural Financial Counselling Service North Queensland (RFCSNQ).
This morning the Federal Agricultural Minister David Littleproud announced over $1.3 million in additional funding for the RFCSNQ to meet demand from and provide support to drought affected-farmers.
Under this funding the government has committed $750 000 over two years for the Farm Liaison Officer.
RFCSNQ CEO David Arnold acknowledges the investment into the service and is excited to welcome Tahna Jackson as the officer.
“Ms Jackson has well over a decade’s experience in the region and has developed a reputation across the state as a sought-after agricultural industry professional,” he said.
“From her base in north Queensland Ms Jackson will work with all Queensland producers to connect farmers in hardship with available assistance,” he said.
Ms Jackson will commence in the role in October.
“I am thrilled to be taking on this role to support Queensland producers who may be doing it tough through the current drought, market conditions or other hardships,” she said.
“I am committed to applying my skills and experience to help primary industries in this state be robust and sustainable,” said Ms Jackson.
RFCSNQ is one of 12 services nationally that provides free rural financial counselling service under the Australian and State Government supported program.
RFCSNQ provides a confidential, free and impartial rural financial counselling service to primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses who are suffering, or at imminent risk of suffering, financial hardship.