The State Government will once again waive all Local Land Services (LLS) rates for this year to provide relief for farmers going through devastating bushfires and crippling drought.
Around 130,000 rates notices were sent to NSW ratepayers last month, however, as part of the NSW Government’s drought relief package, they are not payable for the period.
This includes the general rates and rates for animal health and pests, the meat industry levy and costs for routine stock moving permit and stock identification.
Rates notices will show the usual components, but amounts shown will not be payable.
You do not need to apply for this exemption as it will be automatically applied to landholders.
The NSW Government will compensate Local Land Services for the lost rates revenue, to enable staff to continue their support during these challenging times.
Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said during these difficult times, every little bit of support counted and that waiving LLS rates would help reduce the cost and psychological burden on hardworking farmers.
The Minister said waiving LLS rates again was just one aspect of the Government’s $3.9 billion drought assistance package, which also includes cost of living pressure relief and subsidies for the transport of fodder.
“We are committed to providing our primary producers with the best support possible to see them through the worst drought in living memory.”
To find out more about available assistance measures and eligibility criteria, visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub or phone the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593.