West Coast to host drought outreach events

Several outreach events will take place across the West Coast next week aimed to help farmers, farm workers, farm contractors and suppliers in drought-affected areas access federal, state and local support services.

Local people will have the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with commonwealth and state government representatives, farm business advisers, mental health support organisations and charities.

Events will take place at the Wudinna Community Club from 9am on May 29, at Streaky Bay and Districts Community Complex from 9am and at Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel from 2.30pm, both on May 30.

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities's Drought Taskforce assistant director Dale Sheridan said the aim was to provide tailored advice about accessing immediate and longer term support to help people manage their financial affairs, business and health challenges during and after a drought.

"There is a vast range of support measures available, which includes financial assistance, tax assistance, small business coaching, tools to assist farm-related decision making and information about local mental health support services," he said.

"Farmers who attended the events across New South Wales and Victoria were surprised about the extent of financial support they were actually eligible for, leaving attendees feeling much more optimistic after obtaining advice about measures they previously weren't aware of."

Rural Business Support chief executive officer Brett Smith said the not-for-profit organisation's team of experienced rural financial counsellors would be available to help people make strategic business decisions.

"Our RFC's can help producers take a big picture look at their unique business situation and present proactive options to ensure they are making affordable, informed decisions about the way forward," he said.

Organisation and agencies attending include the Australian Taxation Office, Department of Human Services, Primary Industries and Regions SA and NBN Co.