Strathbogie Shire Council

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Assistance packages

COVID-19 assistance

We are working with our businesses through the provision of information and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In coming weeks, we hope to annouce more incentives.

We would encourage businesses to read the following:

Fact sheets for business:

Information and support for individuals:

Coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398

Register as a displaced worker:



Drought assistance

We appreciate the hardship faced by our local farmers, and farmers right across Australia caused by the current dry conditions.

There are grants and support programs out there to help you during these difficult times.

On Friday 27 September 2019, the Australian Government announced that Strathbogie Shire Council has been selected as one of thirteen additional Councils to be included in the Drought Communities Programme Extension. This makes us eligible to apply for up to $1Million in funding for a drought infrastructure project for the economic benefit of our region.

Additionally, the Drought Community Support Initiative was announced, in the form of a new support package by delivering nearly $100 million to drought-hit communities. The categories of funding that can be obtained via the community outreach program include:

  • Rural Financial Counsellors
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Wellbeing 
  • Pest and Weed Management
  • Water Infrastructure
  • Regional Investment Corporation
  • Drought Communities Program
  • Climate and weather
  • Tax Deductions

For Mr Damian Drum MP, Member for Nicolls' Media release click here.

To access these services, and to apply for a grant, go to

To find out more about the announcement, click here

Click here for a list of grants and support services  or scroll down.

Visit Agriculture Victoria's website for more information

Learn more about climate conditions 


On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme available to eligible Strathbogie Shire farmers 

Drought affected eligible primary producers in Strathbogie Shire can access the On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme to assist in the cost of installing  urgently-needed on-farm water infrastructure that addresses animal welfare needs. The rebate funding is being made available from an allocation from the Australian Government.

The Scheme provides a one-off 25 per cent rebate up to $25,000 (GST exclusive) to eligible primary producers for the costs associated with the purchase and installation of on-farm water infrastructure that addresses animal welfare needs and improves resilience to drought.

The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme (the Scheme) is available for the purchase and installation of emergency water infrastructure for livestock and for permanent horticultural plantings.


Water Infrastructure must be purchased and installed for a genuine emergency animal welfare or for maintaining existing permanent horticultural plantings and to improve drought resilience.

Eligible water infrastructure includes for:

Grazing Livestock

  1. Pipes
  2. Water storage
  3. Water pumps
  4. Permanent repairs to fixed infrastructure (e.g. repair piping)
  5. Drilling of new stock water bores and associated power supply such as generators, desalination plants
  6. Desilting works of existing stock and domestic dams, where you can demonstrate that area of property does not have access to suitable groundwater
  7. Other materials or equipment necessary to install the above, excluding purchase of machinery
  8. Any freight component to purchase and install the equipment
  9. The professional installation costs to install the water infrastructure

Permanent Horticultural Plantings

  1. Drilling of new horticulture groundwater bores
  2. Desilting dams

For further information including eligibility criteria please go to:

Applicants are encouraged to contact Rural Finance on 1800 260 425 if further assistance is required.



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