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Jun 16

Regional Recovery – Small Business Support

2020-06-18T13:00:42+10:00

Rural and regional small businesses across Australia financially affected by COVID-19 can access free financial counsel and support to recover from restrictions and build future resilience.

Small Business Financial Counsellors have been funded by the Australian Government to make it easier for eligible businesses to

– access immediate support
– navigate recovery
– receive personalised assistance to develop long-term plans and improve viability

“RFCS providers have been assisting rural small businesses for over 30 years.  Our significant strength is planning and negotiating with finance providers, which will be a critical role during COVID-19 recovery.”
Geoff Fader, Chair – RFCS Network

“Small Businesses may take years to recover and adapt to a new operating environment. If regional businesses don’t survive, the economic impact throughout these communities is incomprehensible. Small businesses must be given every chance to rebound and thrive.”
Peter Strong, CEO – Council of Small Business of Australia, (COSBOA)

If your business is facing hardship due to COVID-19, arrange a time with RFCS Gippsland 1300 045 747 or email support@rfcsgippsland.org.au

 

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Nov 12

Expressions of Interest – Rural Financial Counsellor

2019-12-18T15:26:17+10:00

Make a positive impact to the lives of Gippsland farmers by becoming a Rural Financial Counsellor.

RFCS Gippsland’s primary objective is to assist clients improve their financial performance as well as personal wellbeing.

We assist farm businesses facing hardship to become more resilient, profitable and sustainable through free, confidential and independent planning and support services.

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from those interested in being a Rural Financial Counsellor

Please submit your interest to Executive Officer, Kylie Holmes at kylieh@rfcsvg.com.au

Download Position Description – Rural Financial Counsellor

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Feb 26

New Directors for RFCS Gippsland

2019-02-26T08:51:17+10:00

RFCS Gippsland have recently appointed two new members to the Board, Ms. Raelene Hanratty and Mr. Dean Cullen.

Commencing February 2019, the new appointees are expecting to inject a new perspective to the governance, direction and increasing future demand of RFCS Gippsland.

Read Media Release for more details

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Jan 16

RFCS Gippsland Helping Farmers with the Red Cross & Lions Club Drought Appeals

2019-01-16T12:19:06+10:00

East Gippsland farmers have expressed gratitude as more than half a million dollars has been successfully distributed to drought-affected families across Eastern Victoria during the Christmas period.

Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) Gippsland teamed up with the Red Cross who donated $500,000 from their Aussie Farmer Appeal, and Lions Club of Heyfield contributed a further $43,000 helping with the cost of living for 180 households.

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RFCS Gippsland Helping Farmers with the Red Cross & Lions Club Drought Appeals 2019-01-16T12:19:06+10:00
Jan 16

Funding to Improve Business Viability in Drought-Affected Gippsland

2019-01-16T12:14:19+10:00

Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) Gippsland is pleased to welcome funding from the Victorian Government, and the Financial Counselling Foundation (FCF), together with the ANZ Bank to support and strengthen small rural businesses in the drought-affected areas of Gippsland.

The additional funding will enable RFCS Gippsland to expand services and provide free professional assistance to rural businesses also experiencing financial hardship, while continuing to assist farmers.

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Businesses in East Gippsland and Wellington Shires interested in seeking support contact RFCS Gippsland on 1300 045 747  or email 

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Nov 1

Financial Counsellor Welcome Return

2018-12-07T06:31:29+10:00

We are pleased to welcome back Peter Pauwels, our Rural Financial Counsellor servicing East and West Gippsland regions. Peter has been a Rural Financial Counsellor for over 8 years in both Victoria and Queensland.

With extensive business consulting experiences, nationally and internationally, Peter brings significant exposure and working knowledge of a variety of rural businesses and product supply enterprises, with particular understanding of the challenges and opportunities http://www.healthandrecoveryinstitute.com/antabuse-disulfiram-alcoholism/ within cattle, sheep, and deer products; as well as cow and goat dairy.  He brings knowledge in land conversion, as well as a vast understanding of production systems within grain and pulse; red meat; wool; fibre and horticulture.

Read more about Peter’s extensive background and the value he brings to our farmers and rural businesses

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Oct 29

Support for Rural Businesses

2018-10-29T18:21:17+10:00

We are now extending our services to non-agricultral rural small businesses throughout the drought affected areas of Gippsland thanks to funding recently announced by the State Government.

An additional Financial Counsellor will be appointed shortly to commence engagement with business owners to provide immediate assistance and help plan a path forward to build long-term resilience.

Interested businesses seeking this support are encouraged to contact us on 1300 045 747 or email

Click here to view Our Media Release

Minister’s Release

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Oct 1

We Are Coming To You

2018-10-01T11:21:06+10:00

We are on the bus with Centrelink’s Mobile Service to assist drought-affected farmers with the expanded Farm Household Allowance.

We will be in various townships throughout Gippsland in November & December 2018.

Click here to view our schedule

Contact us for more information via email or phone 1300 045 747

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Apr 13

2 New Counsellors appointed

2018-04-13T12:15:21+10:00

We are pleased to announce the appointment of 2 new Financial Counsellors to the Gippsland team.

Christos Iliopoulos and Sarah Bardsley.

Christos will be based in Maffra, servicing the whole Gippsland region 3 days per week.  He brings extensive experience in commerce; local government; community health and education, and a significant background in business management, consulting, teaching, disability http://www.healthandrecoveryinstitute.com/adderall-adhd/ support and farmer assistance.

Sarah will be based in Ellinbank and Maffra, servicing the whole of Gippsland 2 days per week.  She bringing extensive experience in the dairy industry;  business management and has working knowledge of issues directly impacting our rural communities, developing the Heyfield Financial Counselling Community Outreach Program.

for more information click here
Media Release – New Financial Counsellors welcomed

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