THE acclaimed Sustainable Farm Families is facing a “devastating and bitter blow”.
Unless the National Centre for Farmer Health receives funding from the state and federal governments in the May budget, the program will be forced to fold.
Western District Health Service chief executive Jim Fletcher has revealed that without financial support from both levels of government the centre would be reduced to two staff, with only part-time administrative support.
Despite knowing the risk, centre staff were shocked to hear the news spelled out to them this week.
“There was a sense of disillusionment and bewilderment that such a successful program could be nearing its end without a Government funding lifeline,” Mr Fletcher said.
“While I have been informed that funding for the National Centre for Farmer Health is still under consideration there is nothing definite, which means the rollercoaster the centre and its staff have been on over the past two years continues and it is wearing staff down.”
The Sustainable Farm Families program has been the flagship of the NCFF.
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