Up to 144,000 landholders could benefit from the NSW Government decision to waive Local Land Services (LLS) rates for the second year running.
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It could mean a saving of $4000 for the average farm in the north, and a saving of $6000 over two years for smaller farms in the south and central areas.
Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said that waiving LLS rates would help reduce the burden on farmers.
"My top priority is to make sure farmers are getting the support they need during this difficult period, and waiving LLS rates is just one thing we can do to help," Mr Marshall said.
"For example, a farmer on 2500 hectares could save at least $3000 a year by not having to pay their LLS rates, meaning with this year's waiver, in addition to the 2019 waiver, they will have saved upwards of $6000 over two years.
"Ratepayers will receive their notice informing them that all LLS rates will be waived over the coming weeks."
He said waiving LLS rates was one aspect of the Government's $3.9 billion drought assistance package.
"While primary producers have welcomed rain recently, this drought is by no means broken," he said.
This story first appeared in The Land.
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