Thursday 1st November 9:00am - Friday 30th November 6:00pm
Southern Highlands Arts Festival
Thursday 15th November 10:30am - 11:30am
Recycling in the Garden Tour - Moss Vale Community Garden
Farming has long been an integral part of the Wingecarribee Shire community and economy. The current drought conditions are having a severe impact on the farming community within the Shire and a large number of families are struggling to meet the cost of simply living from day to day.
Government has a role to play in supporting the farming community through this difficult time and the Federal and State Government have implemented a range of support packages.
Agriculture Drought Assistance (External Link)
Government Emergency Drought Relief Package (External Link)
Council has recently approved a range of measures aimed at supporting the rural farming community. These measures were unanimously voted by all councillors and include:
1. THAT rural ratepayers conducting accredited farming activities (farmland rated properties) within the Wingecarribee Shire, who lodge an approved hardship application, be afforded rate relief in the 2018/2019 financial year.
2. THAT this relief is to be in the form of a deferral of rates until the 2019/2020 financial year; the deferred rates not being subjected to interest.
3. THAT $10,000 be donated from the Mayoral relief fund towards a fodder appeal for drought affected farmers, if possible within the Wingecarribee Shire; if not, then within NSW.
Rate Deferral Scheme for eligible farming properties
Council encourages all farmland rated property owners who are experiencing financial hardship to make an application to have their rates deferred until the beginning of the 2019/20 financial year.
Local farming families are also encouraged to contact Council staff if they require assistance with preparing their application seeking to access the Financial Hardship Provisions.
Please submit the below form to apply
Financial Hardship Application (181kB)
Supporting the Bowral Co-Op Local Relief Fund