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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.

LinkAgriculture Drought Assistance (External Link)

LinkGovernment Emergency Drought Relief Package (External Link)

Council assistance is available through the following:

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

PDFFinancial Hardship Application (181kB)

Supporting the Bowral Co-Op Local Relief Fund

Council is proudly supporting local farming families by providing a $10,000 donation to the Bowral Co-Op local relief fund. This donation will be used to provide much needed fodder to farming families who are experiencing severe financial hardship.

The Bowral Co-Op have recently established a online drought hub with many local businesses offering assistance and support to the local farming community. LinkPlease refer to the drought hub website (External link)
Last Updated: August 21st, 2018
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