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  • Ararat rate hike sparks community health fears 

    FARMERS facing the prospect of being slugged with a 45 per cent rate hike feel gutted by a lack of consultation over an extreme proposal by Ararat Rural City Council to scrap farm differential rates, a community survey has found.
  • Council rating system in dire need of reform: VFF 

    THE Victorian Farmers Federation has called on the Andrews Government to scrap rates on farm land in a bid to fix an unfair council rating system that discriminates against primary producers.
  • VFF in farm safety pledge 

    VICTORIA’S peak farmer group has vowed to improve farm safety following a recent spike in quad bike accidents across the country, including eight fatalities in the last five months.
  • Farmers welcome transparency in MG opening milk price 

    DAIRY suppliers have welcomed Murray Goulburn’s honesty and transparency as the milk processor today released a conservative opening milk price of $4.70 per kilogram of milk solids, with a full year forecast of $5.20-$5.40.
  • Rural mobile coverage debate goes to Federal Court 

    RURAL residents are at the centre of a legal stoush over a bid to improve mobile phone coverage, with the Federal Court now asked to intervene in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s draft decision to refuse domestic mobile roaming.
  • Activist RSPCA needs to stay off farms, says VFF 

    THE RSPCA cannot regulate the farm sector while it continues to lobby against the very industries it wants to police, a parliamentary inquiry into the animal welfare group heard yesterday.
  • Vic farmers welcome independent Basin Plan study 

    THE Victorian Farmers Federation has welcomed an independent analysis of Murray Darling Basin Plan recovery targets which aims to show how efficiency measures could be used to recover water from the Basin without impacting communities.
  • Farmers fire up over differential rate debate 

    OUTRAGED farmers are calling for Ararat Rural City Council to immediately reinstate farm differential rates after city leaders last week controversially voted 4-3 to abolish differential rates.
  • Vic farmers blast Government over new plan to split CFA 

    FARMERS fear the Victorian Government risks gutting the Country Fire Authority to create a larger Metropolitan Fire Brigade under a radical new plan to solve the bitter industrial dispute engulfing the CFA and United Firefighters Union by splitting t
  • UDV urges political unity on Q fever 

    THE United Dairyfarmers of Victoria will push the Federal and State Governments to put politics aside and work together to immunise dairy farmers and their employees against Q fever.