VFF president continues council rates criticism

THE Victorian Farmers’ Federation will continue its push for local government to look at what services it provides.

In Sale this week to speak to the VFF grains group, federation president Peter Tuohey said councils needed to look at their operations before passing rate increases.

“Rates are going up five and six per cent and more every year, farmers eventually bear the brunt. That’s really unsustainable,” he told the Gippsland Times.

“Many shires need to look internally at the services they provide and reign in costs.

“Over the past five years, rates have gone up around 34 per cent, nobody’s pay has gone up by 34 per cent.”

Mr Tuohey emphasised the federation did not want to push the cost to other sectors of the community.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.