NSW EMERGENCY WATER INFRASTRUCTURE REBATE HONOURED
UNTIL 30 JUNE 2014
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed today’s announcement by Primary Industries Minister, Katrina Hodgkinson and Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, that the NSW Government will honour its commitment to help drought affected communities, and accept all applications received for the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate for work completed on or before 30 June 2014.
Mr Andersons said that he had lobbied the Primary Industries Minister hard on the back of many calls to his office from land holders angry about not receiving the rebates that had been promised to them.
“I had a number of discussions with the Primary Industries Minister and directly relayed to her the serious concerns about the administration of the program and as a result, the Minister has listened and will now honour its commitment to help drought affected communities and accept all applications received for the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate for work completed on or before 30 June 2014.
“The NSW Government will ensure that primary producers who have already installed works up to and including 30 June 2014, but did not lodge and application before the program was fully subscribed, will receive the NSW Government’s contribution to the program, 50 per cent rebate, up to a cap of $30,000.
“Applicants will now have until 5pm Friday 4 July to lodge an application to the Rural Assistance Authority (RAA), with invoices dated on or before 30 June 2014.
“The NSW Government’s temporary emergency assistance package, including the Transport Assistance Reimbursement, will conclude on 30 June 2014 ahead of the commencement of the new national drought program from 1 July 2014.
“I strongly urge producers who believe they are eligible for the rebate to contact the Rural Assistance Authority on www.raa.nsw.gov.au or 1800 678 593.