Rate Relief

The Victorian Government Drought Support Package was announced in November 2019 and included the Local Government Support Payment (LGSP), which provided local Councils with the flexibility to support drought-affected farming businesses and their communities.

In our municipality’s case, the Victorian Government initially provided $420,000 (ex GST) in LGSP funding which could be used to provide rate relief, and an additional $250,000 (ex GST) for infrastructure or community-building projects.

Based on feedback from drought-affected farmers, a request was made to the Victorian Government to allow the total funding package to be used for rate relief through a subsidy process.

The Victorian Government agreed to this request, allowing Council to apply the full $670,000 in LGSP funding to 253 broad acre dryland farm rate assessments in the Millewa-Carwarp area, which was completed in December 2019.