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Agricultural Assistance
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Agricultural Assistance
Information about agencies and programs offering support to the agriculture sector.

Farmer Survey results

Thank you to all the farmers who participated in the Farmer Survey 2021. Council received 439 responses, which has provided a great snapshot of the agriculture sector in East Gippsland at this time.

The completed Farmer Survey results are here:

The survey

Grants

Council can help you access information, help determine eligibility and provide details on which agency can answer questions related to your circumstances.

Please don't self-assess when considering your eligibility for various grants and programs, ask us. Call the Agribusiness Development Officer: 5153 9500.

East Gippsland Farm Gate Program - 2021-22

Put your farm or food business on the map by adding it to the East Gippsland Farm Gate Trail - part of the Love Where You Live program. Register here.

Program:

This program will promote the many agribusinesses that grow, harvest, farm and produce from properties across East Gippsland - and sell their produce through farm gates, roadside stalls, farmers' markets or online.

 

Purpose:

To create opportunities for community and visitors to engage in outdoor trade with the unique small-scale and craft farmers and producers of the region.

 

Register here.

Rural Financial Counselling Service - Small Business Support Services

Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) Gippsland provides free, professional small-business financial counselling and support services within East Gippsland. RFCS Gippsland assists primary producers and small rural businesses with planning and recovery services to reduce financial distress when faced with economic downturns.

Farmers and small rural businesses can receive one-on-one assistance to help understand their current financial position and ongoing viability, identify options and develop plans to improve their financial situation and wellbeing. Experienced and trained rural financial counsellors understand the needs of our rural communities and can talk through any financial concerns farmers and small rural businesses may be experiencing.

A range of services tailored to individual business needs and goals will be made available for up to 3 years, with access to a wide range of services, assistance and support and other referral networks. To find out more call 1300 045 747 or visit RFCS Gippsland website.

This program is funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth Department(s) of Agriculture, and supported by other local funding organisations.

Information and links

The following government departments, organisations, community groups and service clubs have information available, ranging from farm and household assistance, support programs, and opportunities.


East Gippsland and Wellington shires also developed a Drought Response Proposal in 2019.

There are currently no plans to display.
Please check back soon.

Rates assistance

We can help with:

  • Financial hardship assessments
  • Pensioner concessions
  • Farm rate eligibility

You are encouraged to speak to council if you are experiencing difficulty paying your rates. There are several ways Council may be able to assist, including an arrangement to pay that is tailored to your situation.

Although interest is charged on all overdue amounts, if ratepayers enter into and honour an arrangement to pay, the risk of additional costs being incurred because action is undertaken to recover the debt is eliminated. Council officers are committed to working with ratepayers to put a plan in place for paying any overdue amounts.

It could be an arrangement that spreads rates payments more evenly across a period of time, or if things are really tough, it might be an interest free period that allows the rates to be paid overtime without extra costs being incurred.

To discuss your rates, visit one of our Customer Service Centres or contact us on (03) 5153 9500. View our rates information.

* Council continues to lobby the Victorian Government for rate relief.

Free silage wrap disposal continues

We have a free silage wrap disposal program. Farmers with silage wrap can continue to dispose of their silage wrap free (until further notice) at council’s waste facilities in Omeo, Orbost, Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale. Please call the relevant site prior to taking the silage to ensure it is open.

The silage wrap needs to be shaken and as clean as possible, and will be accepted in Bulka bags, wool bags or Plasback bags without net wrap or twine. There is a limit of 4m per customer per day at the Transfer Stations.

For more information, visit eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/environment-and-waste/waste

Information from Agriculture Victoria

A new comprehensive feeding livestock website with tools, resources and calculators you’ll need during drought and other times when pasture is limited can be found at feedinglivestock.vic.gov.au

Agriculture Victoria has published two videos of Gippsland farmers speaking about the drought conditions and assistance measures.

Watch Geoff Gooch, of Pearsondale, and Andrew Jones, of Stratford, discussing support options.

Other Government and Support Agencies

Telephone Contacts

  • Agriculture Victoria  136 186
  • Rural Financial Counselling Service 1300 045 747
  • Rural Finance 1800 260 425
  • Small Business Victoria 13 22 15
  • Department of Families, Fairness and Housing 1300 650 172
  • Regional Investment Corporation 1800 875 675

Crisis Support

If you or someone you know is in need of crisis support please contact:

Agriculture Sector Advisory Committee

Our thanks go to the members of the East Gippsland Drought Reference Group that was formed in response to the prolonged drought across East Gippsland. The group provided strategic advice, guidance, advocacy and actions to support the drought-impacted communities in the shire, and maximised support and funding opportunities across all tiers of government.

The new East Gippsland Agriculture Sector Advisory Committee has a broader focus on matters of significance to the agriculture sector and will provide advice, guidance and recommendations to East Gippsland Shire Council on matters that affect the agriculture sector in East Gippsland and its communities.

The committee comprises 16 members, of which 11 are representatives of families, businesses, companies, and single practitioners actively engaged in agriculture, along with a representative from Agriculture Victoria, East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and Food & Fibre Gippsland. Two councillors, with one being the Mayor, complete the committee.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022