AgForce wel­comes mea­sures of re­lief

Central and North Rural Weekly - - MY SMOKO BREAK -

AGFORCE has wel­comed the Queens­land Premier’s an­nounce­ment of fund­ing for men­tal health and fi­nan­cial coun­selling ser­vices in drought-af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

AgForce CEO Michael Guerin said more than half of Queens­land was drought de­clared and the pro­longed na­ture of the drought, over six years in some lo­cal­i­ties in the state, was tak­ing an enor­mous fi­nan­cial, emo­tional and en­vi­ron­men­tal toll on many re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

“AgForce has been call­ing for more se­cure, long term men­tal health fund­ing to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity of ser­vices in ru­ral and re­mote re­gions,,” he said.

“So we wel­come the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s sup­port of the Well­be­ing Ser­vice pro­vided by the Royal Flying Doc­tor Ser­vice and the Tack­ling Re­gional Ad­ver­sity through In­te­grated Care pro­gram.

“We also ap­pre­ci­ate the State Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to in­crease the max­i­mum dis­tance that fod­der can be trans­ported at a sub­sidised rate and look for­ward to their re­view into the ef­fec­tive­ness of the Drought Re­lief As­sis­tance Scheme.”

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