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Council Adds Splash of Relief to Drought Affected Properties

12 January 2017

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Utilities Cr Peter Saxelby at one of Council's standpipes which will be used in the drought rebate offer.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Utilities Cr Peter Saxelby at one of Council’s standpipes which will be used in the drought rebate offer.

Western Downs Regional Council has cast the net wider for eligible drought affected property owners to take advantage of its 50% standpipes water rebate.

Spokesperson for Utilities Councillor Peter Saxelby said Council are now offering the rebate to eligible property owners and occupiers who purchase water through a third party carrier.

“With our entire region officially drought declared, sometimes the only option our farmers and rural landholders have is to purchase water,” he said.

“Property owners who currently have an AvData standpipe water access key have automatically had the rebate applied from 1 November. We are now extending this to eligible property owners and occupiers who are purchasing water through a third party water carrier.

“We are encouraging our drought affected residents to either apply for their own standpipe water access key or to purchase water through a local carrier so they can also apply for the 50% rebate.”

Eligibility criteria for the 50% drought rebate includes —

  • Property is in a drought declared area (currently all of Western Downs)
  • Property is located in the Western Downs without access to a reticulated water supply
  • The water is for stock or domestic use only (not for industrial use)
  • The water is purchased from a Council standpipe with a valid invoice

For more information on how to claim the drought rebate and eligibility, visit our web page or phone our Customer Contact Centre on 1300 COUNCIL.

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