Rates top of agenda

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Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Adem Somyurek will open the 40th an­nual Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion Grains Group Con­fer­ence in Gee­long on Mon­day with a dis­cus­sion on a Vic­to­rian mu­nic­i­pal rat­ing plan.

Grains group pres­i­dent Ross Johns said Vic­to­rian farm­ers were shocked to re­ceive 2018 rates bills that had in­creased by up to 52 per­cent and the is­sue was at the top of the con­fer­ence agenda.

“No other busi­ness could be ex­pected to sur­vive un­der such sig­nif­i­cant cost in­creases over such a short time pe­riod,” he said.

“The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted to a full re­view of the ru­ral rat­ing sys­tem and we look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing the terms of ref­er­ence and time­line for that re­view from Min­is­ter Somyurek at the Con­fer­ence.”

The con­fer­ence is from 9am to 5pm at Gee­long’s Novo­tel Ho­tel.

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