Business

Farmer Assistance

If you are a farmer in need there are a number of support services available to you.

  • Dairy Farmer Central (13 61 86) is the central source of information for dairy farmers and their communities. The site includes information on initiatives, programs and events in local areas.
  • Dairy support - Victorian Government and the dairy industry are working together to support dairy farmers through this tough period. Information includes key support measures and a call for additional support ideas.
  • Farmer Assistance Hotline (13 23 16) provides information on the Australian Government’s support services available to farmers and rural communities including Farm Household Allowance.

Farm help

  • Dairy Australia - www.dairyaustralia.com.au
  • Tactics for Tight Times have programs and information for dairy farmers and service providers that support key decision making on-farm.
  • Dairy Base – a web based tool that enable dairy farmers to measure and compare their farm business performance over time.

Community support

  • Look over the farm gate website offers community events & activities that bring people together.
  • Foodbank Victoria distributes meals to individuals & families across regional, rural & metro areas of Victoria, helping to feed over 100,000 Victorians each month. Call 9362 8300

Local health service providers and social support

  • Bass Coast Health, Wonthaggi: 5671 3333. Services include counsellors who are available to support people living with depression, anxiety, grief and loss.  A qualified Social Worker is also available to provide guidance and support to individuals with practical issues that may be compounding their difficulties such as housing, finance and referrals to other appropriate services
  • Mental Health Triage – Gippsland wide – 24/7 Crisis Support and Referral: 1300 363 322
  • Latrobe Regional Hospital Mental Health Services – Traralgon: 5173 8000
  • South Gippsland Community Mental Health Services – Wonthaggi: 5671 4500 AH: 1300 363 322
  • National Centre for Farmer Health offers workshops to improve the health, safety & well-being of farm men and women, farm workers, their families & communities across Australia. Call 5551 8533
  • Lifeline - 13 11 14
  • BeyondBlue - 1300 22 4636
  • Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
  • MensLine Australia – 1300 789 978

Financial Assistance

The Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) - 5662 2566 - provides financial counselling to farmers experiencing hardship. Both RFCS counsellors can provide assistance for a range of situations including the milk price and budgeting:

Anne Gilligan
Mobile: 0418 512 298
Email: leongatha.rfc@bigpond.com

Marshall Scott
Mobile: 0407 898 735
Email: leongatha.rfc2@bigpond.com

Council's Financial Hardship Program (5671 2211 or 1300 226 278) is available to assist anyone having difficulties paying their Council debts - primarily rates and special charge schemes.

Victorian Government Assistance Package

Federal Government Assistance Package

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