District Council of Peterborough

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Rates Assistance - Drought Affected Primary Producers

The South Australian Government is offering a range of drought assistance to support eligible primary producers to assist with farm business related costs. This includes a rebate for South Australian Council (Local Government) Rates. The South Australian Council Rebate Scheme provides funding to eligible applicants to access a rebate of up to 50% (and no more than $7,500/financial year) of ordinary council rates. Eligible applicants can access the rebate for each of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years.

See here for further information:

SA Drought Support Package Council Rate Rebate Guidelines(285 kb)

SA Drought Support Council Rebate Application Form(451 kb)


The South Australian Drought Support Program includes the following initiatives:

  • Immediate financial relief by offering a 50 per cent rebate for council rates or pastoral lease rent in 2019-20 and 2020-21 for primary producers receiving the Farm Household Allowance. These rebates will be funded by the State Government and will not impact local council’s revenue.
  • Increased funding to Rural Business Support for a number of support activities which includes assisting small rural and regional businesses and increasing the Rural Financial Counselling Services to meet growing demand.
  • Increasing the Commonwealth Government’s On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme, from 25% to 50% (or up to $50,000) which will provide a greater incentive for eligible primary producers to purchase and install new water infrastructure and improve drought resilience.
  • Funding for the Family and Business support (FaB) mentor program, increasing wellbeing and business advice to farmers, families and small businesses in drought-affected regions.

SA Guide for Drought Assistance(937 kb)

Salvation Army - Info leaflet(603 kb)



$1M - DROUGHT FUNDING  - 2nd Round

Council has been advised that they are to receive a further $1 Million in the second round of drought funding .  The 1st million has already been allocated and many of the projects either completed, or due to be completed by the end of the year.

We are very happy to announce that for this round, we have a window of time to ask for submissions from the community for ideas and suggestions.

There are guidelines as to what can be applied for, for the spending of this $1M, of which the main ones are outlined in the FAQs with this notice, or in the Council Office window.

To have your suggestion considered, please submit it in writing, by 5pm Friday 13th December 2019.  Councillors will then meet to consider them all, and decide on the successful ones under the guidelines before making our application to the Government.

We look forward to receiving these suggestions and utilising the opportunity of this money to help stimulate our local economy and complete worthwhile projects.

Please send your submission to either:

Email:   council@peterborough.sa.gov.au   or
Letter:   ‘Drought Submission’
             District Council of Peterborough
              PO Box 121
              SA 5422
Chris Thomson
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Drought Funding FAQs(166 kb)

Drought Funding - $1 Million

Council apologises to the community, but due to time constraints from the Federal Government, Council was unable to consult with the community regarding project ideas.

Councillors held a special meeting on Saturday 30th  March 2019, so that they could submit a list of projects to the Federal Government by Monday 1st April 2019.

Please see special meeting minutes (click here and go to 30/03/2019) for the submitted list, which encompasses the following and is within their particular guidelines: 

1) Community mobility and connectedness;

2) Public amenity; and

3) Community wellbeing




Please be advised that Council's By-Laws are now in effect.  Click here to go to our Policies and By-Laws page for details of each.



Congratulations to Mayor Ruth on her 35 years service to Local Government !

Mayor Ruth



Visit our CWMS web pages (under 'Our Council') for information regarding the Sewerage/CWMS Scheme and the connection process.



Another fantastic win at the SA Tourism Awards - 2017, plus a Silver.  Congratulations to all involved!

2017 Winner Silver 2017

Click here for further information.



Peterborough featured twice on Channel 7's SA Weekender Travel Show

Click here to see Steamtown, the Heritage Rail Trail and our great new Town Carriage Museum featured on Channel 7's SA Weekender travel show, aired on 17th September 2017 and also Cafe 229, the historic Print Shop and the Meldonfield Miniatures featured on 19th November 2017.






Town Carriage Museum

Come along to the Town Carriage in the centre of town and see the newly opened museum - open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm, free entry!  It houses a time-line exhibit of Peterborough's history, complete with a 'virtual' steam train ride in the compartments.  Click here for further information. 




The VIC has Moved !

The newly accredited 'yellow i' Visitor Information Centre is now housed at Steamtown (the western end of Main Street).  Call in for souvenirs, information, advice, tips and a whole lot more, open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm - there is so much to see and do in the area and our team will be delighted to help.



Click here to visit Peterborough's new Tourism Websitewww.visitpeterboroughsa.com.au


District Council of Peterborough
108 Main Street, PO Box 121
Peterborough SA 5422
Phone: 08 8651 3566
Fax: 08 8651 3066