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NFF WELCOMES MOBILE DROUGHT SERVICE CENTRE

6 November 2006

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) today welcomed the launch of a mobile bus service which will tour drought-affected areas to provide farmers with information and assist in preparing drought assistance applications.

“Farmers in remote regions may have difficulty in accessing their local Centrelink office, therefore the pilot mobile service will be of great assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to speak directly to staff from these government agencies,” NFF CEO Ben Fargher said.

“Given this is one of the worst droughts on record, there are new challenges and pressures facing farming families. NFF appreciates the extra measures the Government is taking in recognising and supporting farmers during this period.

“It is important to recognise that despite noise from some critics, Exceptional Circumstance (EC) support is not about propping up unviable farmers, it is about supporting farmers through a rare and severe event, in order to protect the nation’s agricultural productive base.

“We encourage farmers not to self-assess their eligibility for assistance, but to call the Centrelink National Drought Assistance Hotline on 13 23 16.”

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