- Busselton Water offers big concessions to eligible public housing tenants
- Up to 50 per cent rebate available for first 350 kilolitres of water consumed each year
- New rebate scheduled to come into effect in October 2018
The McGowan Government is urging up to 500 public housing tenants in the Busselton area to check their eligibility to slash the cost of their water bills.
A new rebate, scheduled to come into effect next month, enables eligible tenants to claim a rebate of up to 50 per cent on the first 350 kilolitres of their water use - saving an estimated $168 per customer each year.
Eligibility for the new scheme requires registered tenants or lease holders to occupy the property as their ordinary place of residence and hold a Pensioner Concession Card, State Concession Card or a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.
The Department of Communities estimates about 500 tenancies may be eligible for water rebates. As of September 17, 2018, 284 tenants have registered for the new rebate.
Tenants must register for the rebate directly with Busselton Water. For more information, visit http://www.busseltonwater.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:
"I'm proud to deliver this program for Busselton because I want to ensure those who need help can access appropriate assistance and support.
"Public housing tenants serviced by the Water Corporation already had access to this rebate, and yet the previous Liberal National Government did nothing to introduce the concession rebates for Busselton Water customers.
"This new rebate complements a range of other programs introduced since March 2017 to help people with medical conditions, in long-term outstanding debt or experiencing a temporary loss of income."
Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley:
"We can all recognise and agree that our seniors, who spent their working lives contributing to and supporting the community, should be able to expect some reciprocation on retirement.
"This new rebate program is another socially responsible step taken by the McGowan Government to support seniors in the regional area of Busselton."
Water Minister's office - 6552 6100
Housing Minister's office - 6552 5300