Drought Assistance

5 March 2019, Mr McCURDY (OVENS VALLEY): On another point, I also want to raise rate relief, which is needed for drought-affected farmers, along with rebates for fixed water charges. Shire rate relief and water charge rebates have proven effective in the past, and this assistance needs to be committed to immediately by the government to assist farmers being hit hard by the dry conditions. The combination of drought and the dairy industry downturn has led to low milk prices, low rainfall and high water prices hitting at the same time. Again I urge the Victorian government to support this stance, which would ease the financial pressures on farmers and their families.

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