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Water Tank Rebate

 

Western Downs residents looking to install a rainwater tank on their property will be offered a significant rebate under a common-sense plan to boost resilience by Western Downs Regional Council.

The Rainwater Tank Subsidy Scheme has been delivered as part of the 2020/21 Council Budget, offering a generous incentive to help increase water storage across the region.

The rebate amount will vary between $500 and $1,000 depending on the size of tank purchased. The rebate applies to new tanks only, and will be made available on a first come, first serve basis.

The rebate will only be available through a pre-approval process and reimbursed when proof of purchase is provided. Council will also attend the property to ensure the tank is fully installed and operational.

Applications must be submitted via Council’s Online Grants Platform.

 

 

Rebate Types

GRANT TYPE AMOUNT OPENING/CLOSING DATE
5,000 litres and greater $500 23 July 2020 / 30 June 2021
10,000 litres and greater $750 23 July 2020 / 30 June 2021
20,000 litres and greater $1000 23 July 2020 / 30 June 2021

 

Water Tank Rebate Guidelines

Am I eligible for a water tank grant?

All property owners (individual, businesses and community organisations) within the Western Downs Regional Council area are eligible if they meet the following criteria –

  • Properties must be within the WDRC area and have a dwelling.
  • Applicable to new tanks only and not for replacement tanks.
  • Only submit one application per property rate assessment, payable to the property owner only.
  • Tanks must be purchased and installed within 3 months of approval.
  • If approved, the applicant must purchase and install the tank at their own cost. Approved funds will be dispersed to the applicant upon successful completion of the acquittal process.
  • Install a tank of at least 5,000 litre capacity.
  • Available until the grant budget is reached.
  • Limit of four grants per week issued for the duration of grant funding. Applications will be assessed in order of receipt. Due to the limit of four approvals per week, the timeframe for assessment of your application will be dependant on the volume of applications being received.
  • Applicants must attach quotes sourced from local businesses for the project. If components of the project cannot be delivered by local businesses, an explanation as to why the project cannot be delivered by local businesses must be provided within the application. A local business is considered a business within the Western Downs Regional Council boundaries.

Who is not eligible for a water tank grant?

  • Properties outside of Western Downs Regional Council boundaries.
  • Properties that do not have a dwelling on them.
  • No retrospective approvals will be provided.

How do I apply?

All applications for WDRC rain water tanks must be lodged through Council’s online grants platform. Click here to veiw more information and the online application.

If you do not have a computer or access to the internet, please visit one of the Western Downs Libraries to use a computer or to access free internet.

Applications for funding must be submitted online by the closing date.  Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted for assessment.

Unsuccessful applications

Funding decisions are endorsed by Council, CEO or delegated staff member.  Decisions cannot be appealed.  Applicants may write to Council to seek clarification if they believe that their application was incorrectly assessed.

How is my grant assessed?

All grants are paid exclusive of GST regardless of the tax status of the applicant.

  • Grants are assessed against the eligibility criteria
  • Applications will be assessed in order of receipt.
  • Limit of four grants per week will be issued until the grant budget is reached
  • If the application is approved, the applicant will be required to purchase and install the tank within three months of the approval being granted. Approved funds will be dispersed to the applicant upon successful completion of the acquittal process

What will I need for my acquittal?

All grants must be acquitted.

As a minimum, you will be required to provide the following evidence of completion of your purchase:

  • A fully complete acquittal form through the online grants portal.
  • Financial documents such as receipts and invoices for payment of tank.
  • A Council staff member will be required to attend the property to confirm tank installation has been completed in accordance with the grant guidelines.

Where can I get assistance with my application?

 For more information and support with funding applications or the online grants platform please contact Council’s grants team:

Email: grants@wdrc.qld.gov.au

Phone: 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624)