New recruits for farm debt counselling serviceNeroli Roocke, Thursday July 25, 2013 - 12:26 EST
Queensland's rural financial counsellors say five new recruits to their service will have to hit the ground running to help farmers faced with debt, drought and flood recovery.
As part of the Federal Government's Farm Finance Package, 17 extra counsellors are being appointed across Australia at a cost of $5.9 million.
Along with the five additional counsellors in Queensland, three each will be appointed in New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria, two in Tasmania and one in South Australia.
David Arnold, who heads the central southern region of the service, based at Longreach in Queensland, says there is a big demand on his current staff.
"There has been a bit of a void due to the closure of the state's farm financial counselling service.
"All of our counsellors are flat out and I'm sure these new counsellors will be inundated with work."
He says one person has started work this week in the Gulf region, another has been appointed to Mackay and the remaining positions should be filled within a month.
© ABC 2013
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