Call for rates relief

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By THOMAS MOIR

A drought sup­port fund has been made avail­able to north­ern Vic­to­rian farm­ers, in­clud­ing those in Greater Shep­par­ton, but some are call­ing for coun­cil farm rates to be part of relief mea­sures.

Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil’s chief Peter Har­riott wel­comed ex­plo­ration of this pro­posal if it was to be in­cluded in a stat­e­gov­ern­ment-funded pack­age.

Vic­to­ria’s Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford last week an­nounced Greater Shep­par­ton, Moira, Strath­bo­gie and Be­nalla coun­cil ar­eas would be able to share in $13.5 mil­lion to help north­ern Vic­to­ria farm­ers pre­pare for dry con­di­tions ahead, part of a broader $25 mil­lion Drought Pre­pared­ness and Sup­port Pack­age aimed at help­ing drought-af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

For north­ern Vic­to­ria farm­ers, the pre­pared­ness fund­ing will see ex­ten­sions of the On-Farm Drought In­fra­struc­ture Grants

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