In response to ongoing drought and dry conditions, the Victorian Government is waiving the $235 application fee for new domestic and stock (D&S) bore construction licences for landholders in eligible Local Government Areas (LGAs).

This new initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s recently announced $31 million drought support package and will help landholders secure their D&S water supply needs in areas experiencing drought and dry conditions.

Where construction of a bore will help prevent animal welfare issues by providing water for stock, the bore fee waiver can be used in conjunction with the Commonwealth On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme (up to $25,000).

The program is available to landholders in East Gippsland, Wellington, Campaspe, Gannawarra, Greater Shepperton, Loddon, Moira and Swan Hill Shires from 02 October 2019.