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Beyond the Bale : Jun 07 - Jul 07
CALL 13 23 16 Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra. Strong and prosperous rural communities are the backbone of our nation. To ensure our country remains in a strong financial position, improved support is being made available to agricultural dependent small businesses and more farmers to help them get through the prolonged drought. SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT If you're a small business owner who receives 70 per cent of your income from farm business in Exceptional Circumstances (EC) declared areas and have up to 100 full-time employees you may now be eligible for income support and interest rate subsidies. This support is available to businesses inside and outside EC-declared areas. INTEREST RATE SUBSIDY EXTENDED Agricultural dependent small businesses and farmers are both eligible for the EC interest rate subsidy. The assistance cap has been extended over five years and increased to up to $500,000. Apply through your state rural assistance authority. Visit www.daff.gov.au/droughtassist DROUGHT FORCE Drought Force helps drought affected farming properties with their workforce needs. People receiving income support who work 30 hours or more a week on a Drought Force activity do not have to look for work. Eligible Drought Force participants may receive an extra $20.80 a fortnight and access up to $1600 in training credits. Call 1800 004 226 or visit www.workplace.gov.au/droughtforce MORE RURAL FINANCIAL AND PERSONAL COUNSELLING There are now more Rural Financial Counsellors available in areas of greatest need. Call 1800 026 222 or visit www.rfcs.gov.au. There's also extra funding for the Family and Relationship Services Program for more face-to-face counselling. Call the Hotline on 13 23 16. DROUGHT ASSISTANCE BUSES We're bringing assistance to your community with our Drought Assistance buses visiting rural Australia. Staff on board can help you apply for drought assistance on the spot. PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND PLANNING GRANTS FOR FARMERS Grants of up to $5500 for professional advice and planning are available to farm businesses in areas that have been EC- declared for more than three years. The grants may be used to help you manage the impact of the drought on your business. Call the Hotline on 13 23 16, 8am -- 8pm Monday to Friday. Please don't self-assess. Call the Drought Assistance Hotline on132316, 8am -- 8pm Monday to Friday. Advertisement DROUGHT ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESS & FARMERS SUPPORTING DROUGHT AFFECTED COMMUNITIES GPY&R MFHS0082/BTB/R
Jun 07 - Jul 07 Supplement
Apr 07 - May 07