Rebate for water used in bushfires

RESIDENTS in some areas of the Hawkesbury are eligible for a one-off rebate for the water used to fight to October bushfires.

The rebate of up to $150 is only available to those who used water to defend their homes, are not connected to Sydney or Hunter Water, and do not qualify for other forms of rebates.

“At the height of the bush fire crisis, the last thing residents needed to worry about was how much water they were using,” Londonderry MP Bart Bassett said.

“This will be particularly helpful for families and pensioners who obtain water from a water carting service.”

Eligible homes must be located in or near the following locations: Balmoral Village, Hawkesbury Heights, Bargo, Kurrajong Heights, Bargo River, Mount Tomah, Bell, Mount Wilson, Berambing, Wollombi, Bilpin, Yanderra, Bowen Mountain, Yarramundi, Castlereagh, Colo and Grose Wold.

If applying for a rebate, applicants will need to estimate the volume of water used to defend their home. They will also be required to provide details of water deliveries made in October and November, including water volumes and cost.

Residents who feel they are eligible should apply in writing to the Department of Finance and Services.

■For more information, visit www.finance.nsw.gov.au

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