Farming body slams charges

THE state’s peak farming lobby group says councils shouldn’t charge rates on land used for production.

Glenn Milne

Glenn Milne

The Victorian Farmers Federation wants the State Government to transition away from an existing “unfair” rating system over the next five years, to a new arrangement where farming rates would only apply to the house and the land immediately surrounding it.

“Farmers are faced with an unfair burden because farm land is a means of production and its value bears little relationship to the farmer’s wealth or his capacity to pay,” VFF president David Jochinke said.

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