Tuesday, 6 July 2021
NORTHERN Tablelands MP and Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall has today announced local households and small businesses impacted by the mice plague can now claim rebates for costs associated with managing the vermin by visiting the Service NSW website.
Rebates have been made available through the State Government’s $150 million Mouse Control Program.
Mr Marshall said the financial and emotional impacts of the mouse plague were major concerns for regional communities and the rebate would at least help to reduce the cost of battling the rodent infestation.
“We know these rodents are causing huge issues in paddocks and crops, but they are also damaging households and business premises to the point where people can’t go about their daily lives,” Mr Marshall said.
“Eligible households can now claim up to $500 and small businesses, including primary producers, can claim up to $1,000 to help meet the cost of mouse baits, traps and cleaning materials bought after 1 February 2021.
“I encourage local households and small businesses to apply for the rebate, keeping in mind that it can only be claimed once, so best to lodge your claim when you have spent close to the maximum available amount.
“Claiming the rebate is a simple process and the quickest way to do it is by visiting the Service NSW website when you are ready to make a claim and upload your receipts, which can be quickly completed in a matter of minutes.”
Mr 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 homes from mice.
“Farmers know how to protect their crops and are well prepared to meet a potential mouse surge as we draw closer to the spring harvest season and the small business rebate will help them to also safeguard their homes,” he said.
“The State Government is also providing a 50 per cent rebate on zinc phosphide purchases, to a maximum of $10,000, which will be administered by the Rural Assistance Authority and further details about how this will be rolled out will be made available soon.”
Eligible customers can make a claim for the household or small business rebate by going to the Service NSW website and uploading their receipts for mouse bait purchases dating back to 1 February 2021.
A total of $45 million is available to the household and small business mouse plague rebate program.
For further details about the mouse rebate program, including eligibility and the claims process, go to: www.nsw.gov.au/initiative/mouse-control-support-program