National Farmers' Federation

Farmers urged to seek flood assistance

NATIONAL Farmers’ Federation (NFF) President Jock Laurie, having surveyed flood-affected regions in Queensland this week, is encouraging farmers, their families and people living in regional areas to seek assistance in dealing with the social impact of the devastating floods. “I have just returned from a tour of Queensland to see the devastation in that State first-hand,” he said. “Our farmers are doing a fantastic job coping, but its hard going, and I say to those people who are unsure of where to turn that services are available. “We are in regular contact with our member organisations in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and WA, as well as liaising with Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig and other government authorities to ensure they are aware of the extent of the damage, the immediate needs of farmers and their communities and the clean up required. “Those logistics are being well managed. However, in regard to the social and psychological impacts, I am very conscious of the need to ensure flood-affected people know where to turn. “And, moreover, to ensure that people do, indeed, seek that assistance.” The NFF has been in contact with various healthcare providers and is urging flood victims to use the services on offer, including: * Lifeline’s 24-hour telephone crisis support service is available to anyone needing emotional support on one national number – 13 11 14 – visit the Lifeline website for a suite of options at: http://www.lifeline.org.au[Lifeline]. * beyondblue’s info line provides access to information and people can find out what help is available for depression and anxiety-related matters in their area – 1300 224 636 or visit http://www.beyondblue.org.au[Beyondblue]. Finally, people should contact their relevant state authorities who are coordinating emergency flood response measures. Relevant contact details in each state are available at: http://www.nff.org.au/read/1897.html[Flood Assistance]. [ENDS]

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