Taps open for tank rebates

INQUIRIES have started to trickle in about new rebates for household water tanks, and Tweed MP Geoff Provest hopes they will grow to a steady flow. Mr Provest said yesterday he had received more than a dozen inquiries about the NSW government rebates of up to $1500 since he invited Tweed residents to pre-register with his office last week. He hopes to send the households the appropriate forms within the next two weeks, with the rebates becoming available from July 1. "They haven't released the forms yet, but as soon as I can get them I will be sending them out," Mr Provest said. "There's been a lot of people waiting for these rebates and I've also been approached by some suppliers who are going to use them as part of their marketing program." Last week the Daily News revealed that Tweed Shire Council had not received any applications to connect tanks to toilets or laundries in existing homes or for tanks larger than 10,000 litres. But Mr Provest hopes that may change with the added government incentive and pointed out that 30mm or rain on an average household roof will provide 20,000 litres of water. "As we all know here, when it rains, 30mm ain't much," he added. Mr Provest said he had also been impressed by the modern designs now available in water tanks, including thin versions that fit below eaves and others that have patterns. "Locals just need to call my office on (07) 5523 4816 with their contact details and I will send them an information pack on how to claim their rebate of up to $1500 as details of the scheme are finalised," he said.. "It is important to get in early, because since the introduction of a similar scheme on the Gold Coast there has been a growing waiting list for tanks from companies like Murwillumbah-based Tweed Tanks." Mr Provest said the $1500 rainwater tank rebate policy was devised by the NSW Nationals in mid 2006 and picked up by the Labor Party late in the March 2007 election campaign. To qualify for the maximum $1500 rebate Mr Provest said householders would have to plumb the tanks to their washing machines and toilets. The rebates will be paid after residents have supplied proof of installation by submitting an application form and relevant purchase receipts.



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