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Drought Rate Relief

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: 


External LinkAgriculture Drought Assistance 


External LinkGovernment Emergency Drought Relief Package 



Council Assistance 


Council Assistance is available through the following:


Council has recently approved a further extension to allow rural ratepayers conducting accredited farming activities (farmland rated properties) who lodge an approved hardship application, be afforded a rate deferral for the 2019/20 financial year.



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 2020/21 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:


PDFFinancial Hardship Application (PDF, 181kB)

Last Updated: August 28th, 2019
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