A NEW office has opened in Lithgow that will offer help to Oberon farmers and small business owners wanting to bounce back from last summer's devastating bushfires.
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The Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW Central Region has opened the office to service the Lithgow, Oberon, Mid-Western, Wollondilly, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury local government areas.
It has three bushfire rural financial counsellors who will work with farmers and small business owners.
Bushfire business analyst Sridevi Bollu says he can help find the right government assistance and make a start on the application process.
He has an engineering background and has been working in an agri-based environment for some years.
Badar Masud, who has experience as an accountant, financial analyst, auditor and a finance manager, says she is keen to put her expertise to good use.
"I decided to be a part of the Rural Financial Counselling Service to help farmers in identifying their financial situation," she said.
Matt Nicholson, meanwhile, grew up on the Murray River and has 10 years of experience in the financial services industry.
He studied business at Charles Sturt University.
He said he is looking forward to putting his experience into action and helping bushfire-affected businesses get back on their feet.
Also in the office is Dev Tahal, who has more than 25 years of experience in accounting, taxation, business management and vocational training.
He was born into a farming family in Fiji and has a strong interest in the agricultural sector.
"With the applications for bushfire grants closing mid-December, we are urging all primary producers to come forward and reach out to us for assistance in applying," a spokesperson from the office said.
"The RFCS Central Region provides a free and confidential service."
The team can be found at 1st Floor, 31a Main Street, Lithgow.
To book an appointment, contact 1800 940 404 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourism in Oberon was particularly affected by last summer's extreme weather.
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