14.3 C
Byron Shire
May 28, 2024

Rainwater-tank rebates doubled

Latest News

Nearly 700 new EV stations for NSW

Nearly 700 new public kerbside electric vehicle charging stations are to be installed across NSW, in what the government says is the largest rollout in the country.

Other News

Posters gone

I am writing to bring attention to a growing issue in our community – the removal of community posters....

Flood 2022

I congratulate Lismore’s Trinity College work experience student Bella Clay on her article (Echo, April 26), relating her family’s...

Final kambo witnesses called, inquest yet to hear from Lore Solaris and Cameron Kite

The Jarrad Antonovich inquest ground inexorably towards its conclusion yesterday, with more evidence from witnesses showing the tragedy could possibly have been avoided, and certainly the ongoing damage lessened, if everyone involved had taken responsibility earlier.

Housing: too important to leave to private market

It saddens me every time I get to the back of The Echo and see all the real estate...

We Like to Tiki: Caper festival closing party this Sunday

North Byron Hotel is the official watering hole of Caper Byron Bay Food & Culture Festival 2024. To celebrate...

Homelessness service funded – but only for a year

With 2024 Street Count data indicating a 16 per-cent increase in rough sleepers in Byron Shire, the NSW government has responded to say that the previously-announced Assertive Outreach team will receive $1.3m in funding for a year.

Rebates for residents on the northern rivers who buy and install rainwater tanks at their homes have been doubled.

Rous Water has announced that from April 1 rebate offers for different-sized types of tanks amounting to between $200 and $1,000 came into effect.

Before April 1, the rebate ranged from $100 to $500, again depending on the tank’s capacity.

Rous Water says further rebates are available of $620 for a toilet and/or $550 for a washing machine if they are connected to the tank.

This lifts the maximum possible rebate from $1,500 previously to $2,170 from this month.

To be eligible for the rebate, the home must be connected to town water in local-government areas of Byron, Ballina, Lismore or Richmond Valley.  The owner or manager of the property has to apply.

Further information and application forms are available on the Rous Water website at http://www.rouswater.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-MMI-20-73-23

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. If you plan on drinking the rainwater from the tank you get zero rebate. Apparently rainwater “might” be unhealthy to drink and Rous do not want to be connected with any health mishap. Rous still want you to buy their chlorinated & fluoridated water for drinking.

  2. Typically, these bonuses only apply to those who don’t really need rainwater tanks.
    What about a rebate to those who are actually supplying their own necessities ?


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

New community meeting room in Lismore

A new community meeting room, free for non-profit organisations and community groups to hire, has been launched at the Lismore Library.

New doco explores ‘God molecule’ found in toads

Are you ready to explore the secrets of the universe through the use of the most powerful psychedelic known to humankind?

Knitting Nannas off to Canberra

The prolific anti-fossil fuel campaigners are to meet with Federal Energy and Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen to raise concerns over Labor’s Future Gas Strategy.

Dutton doubles down on nuclear

Despite clear evidence that the Coalition's nuclear power policy is untenable, Peter Dutton and friends are sticking with this industrial-level distraction, forcing us all to talk about it instead of focusing on real solutions to Australia's energy needs.