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Rural Water Tank Rebate - Expressions of Interest Now Open

15 June 2020  

Expressions of interest are now open for Council’s Rural Water Tank Rebate Scheme. Residents that wish to take advantage of the rebate have until close of business on Friday 10 July 2020 to submit their expression of interest.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Vic Pennisi said residents should review the Expression of Interest process on Council’s website to ensure they follow the correct procedure.  

“I want to remind people that they shouldn’t rush out and buy a tank right away. Council understands people will be keen to take advantage of this rebate but they must remember that there is a process we have to run to allocate the available funds fairly and equitably”

To be eligible for the rebate, expressions of interest must be received by COB 10 July 2020. Council anticipates that the $1,050,000 of available funding will be oversubscribed. All expressions of interest that meet the eligibility criteria will be included in a ballot to randomly select successful applicants. Successful applicants will be notified in writing and only then should they order their tank.

“The last thing we want to see is people left out of pocket if they jump the gun and buy a tank without having their application approved. I ask people to be patient and let the process run its course” said Mayor Pennisi.  

The online and downloadable expression of interest form and terms and conditions of the Rural Water Tank Rebate Scheme can be found at, along with frequently asked questions.

If residents have any questions about the Rural Water Tank Rebate Scheme they should refer to the frequently asked questions, call 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372) or email

Funding for the Rural Water Tank Rebate Policy comes from funding allocated to Southern Downs Regional Council as part of the Australian Government’s Bushfire Recovery Exceptional Assistance Immediate Support Package, delivered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

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