TIMELY RELIEF: 50% rebate to help those in the Western Downs.
TIMELY RELIEF: 50% rebate to help those in the Western Downs. Ablestock.com

50% drought rebate to provide needed relief

FARMERS and property owners could soon receive some timely relief as the Western Downs Regional Council is offering eligible properties a 50 per cent drought rebate for water purchased from the council's standpipes.

Spokesperson for Utilities Councillor Peter Saxelby said the decision was made after the region had experienced an extended period of dry weather, resulting in the entire region being drought declared.

"Council have made the decision to give drought affected residents a 50% rebate on water purchased from council's standpipes,” he said.

"Property owners who currently have an AvData standpipe water access key have automatically had the rebate applied from November 1. 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.”

The eligibility criteria for the rebate is below:

Property is in a drought declared area.

Property is located in the Western Downs without access to a reticulated water supply.

The water is for stock or domestic use only.

The water is purchased from a council standpipe with a valid invoice.