Victorian Farmers Federation Supports Fair Go For Ratepayers

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins has welcomed the Victorian Farmers Federation’s (VFF) support for the Andrews Labor Government’s Fair Go Rates cap.

Speaking today, President Peter Tuohey said the VFF supported the Labor Government’s plan to deliver greater council accountability and value for money for local residents.

After an average rate increase of six per cent every year for the last ten years, the Labor Government is committed to introducing a cap on council rate rises from 2016-17.

In developing a framework for the policy, the Essential Services Commission (ESC) were tasked with consulting councils and communities across the state. The ESC presented their final report to the Minister on 30 September.

Ms Hutchins said the Labor Government thanked the VFF for their support, and acknowledged the specific needs faced by communities and councils in rural and regional Victoria.

The Labor Government will continue to work with rural and regional councils on how these challenges can be met, building on efforts to ensure  infrastructure investments made by councils and the state are complementary and responsive, as well as exploring the options for greater cooperation through shared services.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins

“I welcome the Victorian Farmers Federation’s support, and commend them on their advocacy for ratepayers in regional and rural Victoria.”

“Our Fair Go Rates system is about giving every Victorian regardless of where they live more of a say and greater value for money.”

“I also acknowledge the Federation’s calls for continued effort in addressing the needs of rural and regional communities, and I am committed to continuing our ongoing work together.”

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