Free professional mediators to be made available to homeowners and builders in Queensland. Rebates for mice plague affected households and businesses available in NSW. Image – Canva.
  • Rebates now available for mice plague affected households in NSW
  • Tasmania has provided some $255,000 in the latest round of Landcare Action Grants
  • Queensland's accelerated builder consumer dispute service is now live

NSW: Mice plague rebates

Today, the NSW government announced eligible households can claim up to $500 and small businesses up to $1,000 to help meet the cost of mouse baits, traps and cleaning materials bought after 1 February 2021.

Furthermore, the Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said primary producers who lived where they worked could claim a single rebate of up to $1,000 to help meet the cost of protecting their premises.

According to the Service NSW website, eligible claimants will:

  • be aged 18 or over,
  • have a household, business or farm address within an eligible local government area (LGA), in the following Local Land Services regions:
    • Central Tablelands
    • Central West
    • Hunter (Upper Hunter, Singleton and Muswellbrook LGAs only)
    • Murray
    • North West
    • Northern Tablelands
    • Riverina
    • South East (Hilltops, Upper Lachlan and Yass Valley LGAs only)
    • Western.
  • have purchased mouse baits, traps or cleaning materials on or after 1 February 2021.

For households to claim, the claimant must either rent or own the property, and if the landlord makes a claim, they must notify the tenant.

Small businesses or primary producers’ applying for a rebate must be a sole trader or employ fewer than 20 employees and have a current and active Australian Business Number registered before 13 May 2021.

It was recommended that claims are made through the Service NSW website.

Tasmania Landcare Action Grant

The $1.8 million program is being delivered over four years with the latest round (three) providing $255,000 to 28 projects.

Combined with in-kind contributions from the applicants, the total value of the program is about $540,000.

The next round of funding will open in August this year with program guidelines currently under review by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

Queensland mediator service live

Minister for Public Works Mick de Brenni today announced the Accelerated Builder / Consumer Dispute (ABCD) service went live on July 1 with free professional mediators to help homeowners and builders.

The service comes as the pandemic had already put pressure on supplies and skills.

“COVID, HomeBuilder and low interest rates, when added to Queensland’s strong economic recovery from the pandemic, have drawn more people to move to the state, creating a ‘perfect storm’ for supplies and skills shortages,”

Mick de Brenni, Minister for Public Works

The independent third-party mediation service is available through the QBCC website and expected to run for the next 12 months.

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