Murray Bridge Abattoir Fire Update 5 Jan

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5 January, 2018

The Affordable SA Helpline 1800 025 539 is already receiving calls from people affected by the Thomas Foods Fire in Murray Bridge on Wednesday.

Most are seeking help through financial counselling as they consider their accumulated debts and the possible changes to their regular income or work status. Others are seeking associated free services available in the area that may also be of assistance.

If you or someone you know has been affected by the recent issues in Murray Bridge please pass on this information.

Download the Affordable SA App to access a wide range of free services that can assist with the cost of living in South Australia, or visit the website at

A Financial Counsellor is a person who can assist you with a range of services relating to personal finances. It is free, independent and confidential. You can access a free Financial Counsellor by phoning the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 or the Affordable SA Helpline 1800 025 539 which can provide access to a financial Counsellor or other information regarding free services that may help your situation.

In South Australia the financial Counselling service is operated by a range of service providers who are motivated to supporting and assisting people in financial difficulty through an appointment based service in locations all around the state.

The Helpline Service is available from Monday to Thursday between the hours of 9.30am - 8pm and Fridays 9.30am - 4.30pm (closed public holidays).

These include providing information and assistance about:

- Financial rights and responsibilities

- Budgeting and money management

- Negotiating with creditors and others

- Debts and the debt recovery processes

- Insolvency and bankruptcy options

- Hardship applications if your situation has changed.

Qualified financial counsellors will help you:

- Ensure you are receiving all your concessions and entitlements

- Manage your money

- Deal with a summons

- Prioritise bills and debts

- Deal with debt issues

- Negotiate with creditors

- Work out a budget or a payment plan

- By referring you to agencies who can help you make informed choices.

Appointments are essential

The Community Information Centre at 13-17 Bridge Street will be open tonight till 8pm.