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Additional Financial Counselling Services in Eden-Monaro

Thursday, 02 July 2020

Liberal Candidate for Eden-Monaro, Dr Fiona Kotvojs has welcomed the announcement that the Morrison Government will provide additional support for financial counselling services in Eden-Monaro. 

This increased support demonstrates the Morrison Government’s commitment to rebuilding communities flowing the devastating summer bushfires. 

“Many Australians continue to experience financial hardship with homes, businesses and workplaces destroyed or damaged by the devastating fires we saw in past year,” Dr Kotvojs said. “I spent more than a decade as a Lifeline counsellor, and I know the mental toll that financial uncertainty can take.” 

“Financial counselling organisations in bushfire affected communities are acutely aware of the needs in their respective communities and are able to provide free and confidential support to help people work through their current situation and plan for the future. 

“We understand that rebuilding a life after disaster takes time and this additional funding will improve accessibility to this vital service throughout the recovery. 

“As a small businesswoman, I know that navigating current conditions has been a real challenge – and getting expert advice will help to recover and rebuild without enduring unnecessary challenges.” 

Financial counsellors can help people manage debt and make decisions about their money, including assessing a person’s financial situation, identifying options, advocating and negotiating with third parties such as banks and insurance companies and advising what other support services are available.” 

“Locals have an important choice this Saturday, I’ll be a strong voice in government who can get the job done as we rebuild our communities and rebuild our economy,” Dr Kotvojs concluded. 

Summary of proposed funding allocation by LGA 

Bega Valley $157,060 

Eurobodalla $344,454 

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional $22,391 

Snowy Monaro Regional $16,629 

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