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    Minister for Natural Resources and Water and Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    $277.7m IN HOME WATERWISE REBATES PAID TO QUEENSLANDERS

    Minister for Natural Resources and Water and Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Wednesday, August 27, 2008

    $277.7m IN HOME WATERWISE REBATES PAID TO QUEENSLANDERS

    The Bligh Government has paid more than $277.7 million in rebates to Queenslanders saving water around their home, Water Minister Craig Wallace said today.

    Mr Wallace told State Parliament the government’s Home WaterWise Rebate Scheme had proved tremendously popular with Queenslanders.

    “We started the scheme in July 2006 to reward Queenslanders who save water at home by installing rainwater tanks and water efficient appliances,” he said.

    “The rebate scheme is the largest and most successful scheme of its type in Australia.

    “And it continues to be an integral part of the Bligh Government’s efforts to save water and ensure sustainable water supplies for Queensland communities.”

    Mr Wallace said that as at 25 August 2008, the Home Waterwise Rebate Scheme has received applications for rebates worth over $292.8 million.

    “I’m pleased to report the scheme has already paid out in excess of $277.7 million in rebates to Queenslanders.

    “This includes rebates for water efficient products such as rainwater tanks, four star water-rated washing machines, dual flush toilet suites, efficient shower heads, swimming pool covers and rollers.

    “To date, the scheme has received over 502,700 applications for more than 562,700 products, and has approved 465,300 applications for a rebate.

    “For example, more than $240.2 million has been paid in rebates for 239,010 plumbed and un-plumbed rainwater tanks. A further $37.6 million has been paid for 188,417 four star water-rated washing machines.

    “The Home WaterWise Rebate Scheme is still receiving between 3,000 and 4,000 applications each week,” Mr Wallace said.

    Media: Minister Wallace’s office 3896 3688.