Call for rates relief
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