My constituency question is for the Minister for Local Government.

I have just heard from a distraught constituent of Western Victoria Region, Mr Adrian Mohr, and he is one of many who have these problems. Adrian is a 62-year-old farmer from Meredith who is facing a 2019 Golden Plains shire rate bill of $5500. State-imposed annual valuations are exacerbating this rural rate burden. Adrian has to work two extra jobs to avoid going into debt, one of which is as a relief school bus driver on dangerous local roads. He would prefer to use his rate money to employ shearers and harvesters. Meanwhile the shire council is spending $10 million on a new civic centre.

What is the minister doing to alleviate this unfair rate burden on Adrian and other rural ratepayers?

6 March 2019