The place of differential rates on the farm
The discussion around differential rates on farms and other rural properties has been at the forefront of Victorian local government this week.
On Tuesday (April 9) minister for local government Jeanette Powell announced new guidelines for differential rates for all Victorian councils.
Mrs Powell said: "Councils must give consideration to applying a reduced differential rate to both farmland and retirement village land.
"Both these types of land users tend to receive a lower rate of services from councils and that must be actively considered when setting the rate for them."
This is good news for anyone currently living on, or considering buying a property on a farmland, who will be able to expect fairer treatment when allocated rates.
Following the comments on Tuesday, Mrs Powell continued the argument for lower rates on farmland on Thursday (April 11) by explaining "it is a fact of life that due to being geographically distant from standard council services such as parks and libraries, farmers have less opportunity to make use of council services".