Damaging unseasonal rain has got many WA fruit growers worried as they face dramatic price downgrades for their crops.

“We are already receiving calls from fruit growers worried about their financial position,” reports Rural Financial Counselling Service CEO Mr Chris Wheatcroft. “This will have a big impact on their bottom lines.”

RFCS can help businesses at risk of financial stress because of the impact of these extraordinary weather events.

“We can assist with documenting the financial impact of an infestation, accessing any relevant government assistance programs, negotiating with business creditors and developing ongoing strategies to deal with the crisis,” Mr Wheatcroft explains.

“The recently released WANDRRA assistance package is a good example. We are already helping growers access assistance through WANDRRA.

“RFCS people are experienced, qualified and have a proven track record in getting rural enterprises through tough times. The service is run by an independent community group so it’s confidential and we put your interests first. We have State and Federal government financial backing, so it’s free to approved applicants.

“Just don’t leave it until it’s too late,” Mr Wheatcroft advises. “Call 1800 612 004 and we’ll send an experienced professional to meet with you on your property.”

RFCS WA works with farmers and growers of all types, foresters, professional fishers and small rural businesses supporting them. Ten counsellors cover all of WA, visiting businesses in financial stress and working hands-on with owners to create solutions.