Council would like to ensure that drought affected farmers are aware that they can apply for rate relief under Council’s Hardship Policy.
Farmers affected by the current drought can apply for assistance available to ratepayers as set out in Council’s Hardship Policy. The Hardship Policy permits Council to enter into payment agreements with ratepayers who cannot meet their normal instalment payments. Accrued interest on rates and charges may also be written off in cases of hardship.
Drought affected farmers may apply for hardship relief on Council’s Rates and Charges Hardship Application Form.
Council’s Hardship Policy (Policy 8.6) and the Hardship Application Form are available on Council’s website.
Drought affected farmers may also apply for a free standpipe access card and access to the Barton St, Lithgow water standpipe with a 50% reduction on the 2018/19 metered standpipe water usage charge.