By Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander


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Perhaps one of the most contentious issues to have an effect on household finances in the last decade is the ever increasing cost of electricity and this has most certainly been responsible for many instances of families facing extreme hardship.

Although the only long-term solution to this regrettable situation is to use every method possible to reduce power consumption and to consider the advantages of solar energy, there is some relief for concession card holders by way of a little-known government scheme. Bribie Island and District Neighbourhood Centre Debt Relief Counsellor Mike Daniell explained to me that, if someone has just either purchased a new fridge or washer or has had to pay for repairs to their motor vehicle, they can apply to have the amount spent deducted from their power bill.

Available on a once every two years basis, the deduction can be applied for by submitting the appropriate form along with proof of payment and is only available to those who are the holders of a concession card. The forms are available at the Neighbourhood Centre and anyone requiring further information should call Mike or Melanie at the centre on 3408 8440.

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