Richmond Valley Business and Rural Financial Counselling Services (RVBRFCS) Inc is a local non-profit organisation that hosts government funded programs to foster regional economic development in the north eastern region of New South Wales, with offices in Armidale, Casino, Glen InnesInverell, Macksville, Moree, Narrabri, Scone, TamworthTaree and TOCAL.

RFCSNSW- NR supports eligible farmers, fishers, forest growers, harvesters and small related rural businesses who are suffering financial hardship, and who have no alternative sources of impartial support, to manage and adjust to the challenge of industry and climate change.

 

Service Opens Tocal Office

Rural Financial Counselling in Northern NSW has a new Executive Officer, Gary Goldberg, who has overseen a few changes since coming on board late last year – the biggest being the closure of the Gloucester officer in December following the retirement of long-time financial counsellor Ron Lindsay.

A new office has now been opened at Tocal Agricultural Centre to continue service to the upper Hunter as well as the Sydney basin and the Blue Mountains.

Former Narrabri financial counsellor and 2016 NSW-ACT Rural Women’s Award finalist, Fiona Mead, will work out of the Tocal office.

Gary Goldberg comes to the service with an extensive background in manufacturing, accounting and business management, most recently in Papua New Guinea.

Mr. Goldberg sees the Rural Financial Counselling Service as a proud member of the bush community.   “To have such a free, professional service available is an amazing privilege and it is up to us to ensure that communities start to see us in the same light as any other profession like they would their accountant, lawyer or agronomist.”

“We have the skill set required to assist farmers in assessing the financial strengths and weaknesses of their business, and we have the network available to refer them to whatever assistance is available, whether that be government departments or other professionals.