Help with living expenses

By Dairy News

DROUGHT-AFFECTED FAMILIES in Gippsland can now access financial assistance for up to $3000 through an Australian Red Cross and Rural Financial Counselling Service partnership.

Red Cross emergency services manager Kate Siebert said with families in the east of the state experiencing drought conditions similar to those in NSW and Queensland, it was timely to also provide support in the Gippsland region.

“We are pleased that funding is going to support drought-affected families in NSW, Queensland and South Australia, and that farmers living in Victoria’s Gippsland region can do the same,” Ms Siebert said.

“We encourage families in east Gippsland and Wellington areas to come forward for the financial support available to them.”

The funds are designed to help ease living expenses such as rates, school fees and groceries.

“We are keen to have these funds distributed to our farming families as soon as possible to ease some of the burden of living expenses,” Rural Financial Counselling Service Gippsland executive officer Kylie Holmes.

To apply, contact Rural Financial Counselling Service in Gippsland by phoning 1300 045 747 or emailing: or for more information visit: