15 December 2016 –
Local low income earners with a health care card will share in an extra $170 million to reduce electricity costs over the next four years.
This is part of an extension to the Queensland Government concession program that already provides electricity discounts to seniors and pensioners. The extension means the rebate will now also include all vulnerable Queenslanders with a health care card. This program is about helping people most in need.
That means an extra 29,627 households will receive help in Brisbane alone. This announcement was part of the Queensland Government’s mid-year budget review that showed a substantial improvement in our budget position and an operating surplus of $2.03 billion (the largest net operating surplus since 2005/06).
The extended rebates will take effect from 1 January 2017 and will save households $330 a year in power bills.
I’m proud to be part of a Government that cares about our community, that is committed to supporting people in need, and is investing in education, health, and jobs.