Inquiry into Ararat rates

The Victoria Farmers Federation applauds the necessary and decisive intervention of the State Government into the Ararat rates crisis.

“A Commission of Inquiry into the Rural City of Ararat’s rating strategy is welcomed by farmers in the shire,” said VFF President David Jochinke.

The Minister for Local Government, the Hon Natalie Hutchins made the decision to appoint an inquiry.

Mr Jochinke said, “Farmers are facing the prospect of being slugged with a rate hike of over 50 per cent which is having a devastating effect on the local community.”

“The VFF released the results of a community survey showing the mental and physical stress this issue is causing ratepayers in the Ararat area.

“The Rural City of Ararat Council has failed to provide adequate consultation with ratepayers or consideration to the fairness and equity of their proposed rating strategy and the Commission of Inquiry will have no trouble identifying these flaws.”

The VFF has been active in supporting farmers in the Ararat area along with lobbying government for a more fair and equitable rating system.

Source: VFF