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    Acting Premier
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    $80 water bill rebates flow to SEQ households

    Acting Premier
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

    $80 water bill rebates flow to SEQ households

    South east Queensland (SEQ) households have started receiving their one-off $80 water rebate, delivering on the Newman Government’s election promise to provide cost of living relief. 

    Acting Premier Jeff Seeney said the once-off $80 water rebate was about putting money directly back into people’s pockets. 

    “That is what we promised when we launched our 4 Point Plan to Reduce Water Costs, and that’s what we have delivered,” Mr Seeney said. 

    The State Government has committed $92 million to reduce the cost of living for SEQ families battling high water bills. 

    The once-off $80 rebate will be applied as a deduction from the water bill households receive for the first quarter of 2013.  It will reach households across the region at different times, according to their water service provider’s billing cycle: 

    • Brisbane, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Somerset households will start receiving the rebate through  Queensland Urban Utilities from 9 January – 13 February 2013
    • Redland residents will start receiving the rebate through  Redland City Council from 11 January 2013
    • Logan residents will start receiving the rebate through Logan City Council from 22 February 2013
    • Gold Coast residents will start receiving the rebate through Gold Coast City Council from 19 January 2013
    • Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast residents will start receiving the rebate through Unitywater from 1 February–30 April 2013 

    “Renters who pay the consumption component of a water bill as part of their tenancy agreement should have the rebate passed on to them by their landlord,” Mr Seeney said. 

    The Queensland Government will also ensure that SEQ households in retirement villages and those that don’t receive a bill directly from a water service provider or a Council will receive the rebate. This rebate process is commencing now to ensure all rebates are received by 30 June 2013. 

    For further information visit www.dews.qld.gov.au/policies/water-sector-reform/queensland-government-bulk-water-rebate or contact 13 QGOV (13 74 68). 

    [ENDS] 10 January 2013

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