Rural Australia faces its biggest threat to our environment in the coming years, with the Government facing an unprecedented threat of a $5 billion cut in funding.
The Government is in the midst of a major review of its rural development regulations and the Rural Development and Rural Health Fund.
The Review has been underway for more than two years and it will result in a significant cut in $5.6 billion in funding to Australia’s rural health and development agencies.
The impact of the cuts, and the fact the Government is not yet ready to deliver on its promise to deliver $20 billion of new funding for the country’s rural hospitals, will impact on rural Australia’s ability to support its people.
The review, which is to be completed this year, is expected to impact on the delivery of some programs for the rural communities, such as health and education, and on the operation of regional health services.
It will also impact on health care services for older people, as well as those living in rural areas, such that some rural hospitals will close.
The changes to rural health are expected to cost the Government up to $4 billion in 2019-20.
The new funding will be provided to rural hospitals to help meet the cost of services, but some hospitals are already facing a funding gap of more than $2 billion.
These services are not just critical for rural Australia but also for all Australians, and there is significant pressure on the Government to deliver more money to them.
This has been the Government’s plan all along, and for the past two years it has been a major focus of the Government in its economic and economic policy review.
The Rural Development Minister, Richard Marles, told FourFourtwo that the cuts will result from a $2.6bn shortfall in funding for hospitals.
“It’s a significant blow to our health services and to the rural health sector,” he said.
“We know there are areas in our rural communities where the services are already under strain and we know there is a need for more funding for those areas.”
Rural Health Minister Richard Marches says the cuts to the Rural Health and Development Fund will impact hospitals in some rural areas.
The cuts will impact a lot of our rural hospitals.
I understand it will have a significant impact on some rural communities that have to close.
Richard Marbles, Rural Health Minister.
He said the Government will continue to support those rural hospitals and rural community centres, which will continue operating, but the cuts could have a dramatic impact on those communities.
“What will happen is we will be reducing some of the funding for our hospitals because of the need for additional services,” Mr Marles said.
Rural health is a critical area for many rural communities.
The Government is committed to improving the lives of our people, particularly in rural Australia, and providing services that will help them in the communities where they live.
The announcement is the latest blow to the Government, which has previously promised to provide $5bn of new rural funding in the 2017-18 Budget.
Mr Marles told FourThree that the Government had been working with the Rural and Regional Health Federation to secure funding for rural hospitals for several years.
“This is not a one-off.
We will continue working with that community to work through funding,” he told FourTwo.”
The Government understands the need in the rural community and that they need additional funding for their rural health services, particularly those in the Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland.”
Rabbit and ham farmers have been devastated by the cuts in funding, and Mr Marches said he would be working with them to provide support.
“If you can’t get it for your ham or rabbit farm then you can go and get it from a farmer in the area, we will work with you to provide some of that support for those who are going to need it the most,” he explained.
“And if you can get it, if you have a rabbit farm and you can provide that rabbit food and feed and things like that then you will be able to continue to supply that food and that feed for your community.”
Mr Marches confirmed that he will be meeting with the Rabbit and Ham Federation to see if they have other ways of providing food and medical assistance to their ham and rabbit farms.
“I am in the process of reaching out to those people, to the regional and regional organisations that have some ham and rabbits that need that,” he acknowledged.
Rabbit farmers say the cuts mean they can no longer feed their animals.
“That’s just going to be a blow for us and we’ll have to work on other things that we need to do, and that’s going to impact our animals a lot,” said Tony Jones.
“For me, we have a couple of rabbits that I have, I’ve got a couple who have never been fed before, they’ve been in quarantine for two years now.”
There’s nothing else we can do but we have to be very cautious.
“Our animals are