Help is only a phone call away
WITH dry conditions persisting this can mean it’s time for those living on the land to make significant operational decisions for the farming business.
This doesn’t need to be done without professional support.
The Rural Financial Counselling Service is available to support businesses across the North Burnett andWide Bay areas.
If you are a primary producer and would like to discuss you business’ financial position, and the financial impact of options you are considering, the RFCS is there to help.
For the North Burnett and Wide Bay your RFCS counsellor is Kim Corfield, who resides at Coalstoun Lakes.
Mrs Corfield said the RFCS provided free, confidential rural financial counselling to farmers, fishing enterprises, forestry growers and harvesters, and small, related businesses who are experiencing financial hardship.
“A counsellor can help you identify your financial options and support you to make informed decisions for your future,” she said.
A counsellor can help with preparing cash flows, developing a business plan, negotiating with lenders, preparing for succession planning, preparing for retirement, assist in accessing Farm Household Allowance and provide information about government and other assistance schemes.
Counsellors like Kim Corfield are a mobile workforce and can come to you. To make an appointment phone her on 0427 296 848.
The Rural Financial Counselling Service is supported by the Queensland Government and Australian Government.
RFCs have another role as they assist QRAA with the delivery of their programs including the concessional First Start and Sustainability loans and help prepare cash flows for their applications.
Mrs Corfield said when QRAA identified a client having difficulty they referred them to a counsellor to work with the client to get their enterprise and loans back in order.
“There is a close working relationship between Rural Financial Counsellors and QRAA,” she said.
For more than 20 years QRAA have been helping Queensland primary producers achieve their farming aspirations. These loans provide finance up to $2M to assist producers meet future challenges and improve their enterprise productivity and sustainability and establishing a primary production enterprise.
RFCS counseller for Wide Bay–Burnett area Kim Corfield.
Kim Corfield's area covers the Wide Bay–Burnett.