Reliable vehicles are vitally important for Rural Aid’s counsellors to support farmers 

With restrictions lifting in areas around the country, Rural Aid counsellors are back on the road talking to farmers at the farm gate. 

Rural Aid CEO John Warlters said it is thanks to the vehicle support from Toyota Australia that our counsellors are able to chat face-to-face with Aussie farmers, providing an essential mental wellbeing service. One of our Rural Aid counsellors Gary Bentley, featured recently with Toyota Australia’s sponsorship of Seven’s Farmer Wants A Wife, said it was vitally important the vehicles are reliable because of the types of roads and distances travelled to support our farmers,” John Warlters said. 

“Being on-farm gives our counsellors the opportunity to meet and talk to the farmer in a familiar environment on their property, find out what the problem is and to help guide the farmer towards a solution. 

“Toyota has been very generous helping Rural Aid support thousands of farmers affected by natural disasters by facilitating our face-to-face counselling visits. 

“On behalf of Rural Aid, I would like to thank Toyota Australia for their support of our counsellors to be on the ground providing these essential services for our farmers. We know Toyota is all about supporting Aussies farmers.” 

Between January and June 2020, Rural Aid counsellors supported over 3000 farmers. 

Further information on Rural Aid’s counselling service can be found at: 

If you would like to talk with a counsellor, please call us on 1300 327 624.  If you know someone you feel could do with a call or a personal visit, please fill out the from at: All contact will be private and confidential and any referrals are treated in the highest ethical manner.  

About Rural Aid 

Rural Aid is one of Australia’s largest rural charities. Well known for the highly successful ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign, the charity also provides financial assistance, water and counselling to farmers in times of drought, flood or fire. Other initiatives support its vision that farming and rural communities are safeguarded to ensure their sustainability both during and after these natural disasters. Visit for further information on these programs and other support for our rural communities. 

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