Small re­lief in re­bate

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

A SMALL hike in pen­sion­ers’ elec­tric­ity re­bates will be a slight help, ac­cord­ing to Monto’s June Ki­lah.

The pen­sioner said she would be grate­ful for a $320.97 re­bate from the State Govern­ment, which was $38.43 more than was avail­able last year.

But she said it would go as quickly as it came “on one bill or an­other”.

“I don’t budget be­cause I just al­ways try and save money wher­ever I can. Ev­ery­thing is get­ting more ex­pen­sive these days,” she said.

Mrs Ki­lah said she was fork­ing out “twice as much as two years ago for power” – about $250 each quar­ter.

“Some­times I find my­self fol­low­ing people around, es­pe­cially men, turn­ing the lights out for them,” she said, with a laugh.

“I let my­self put the heater on for about an hour at night to warm the place up, but then I turn it off.”

De­spite a 13.6% power in­crease from July 1, Queens­land Coun­cil of So­cial Ser­vice CEO Mark Hen­ley said the ma­jor­ity of pen­sion­ers would be bet­ter off with this con­ces­sion in­crease.

“It es­sen­tially comes down to each in­di­vid­ual’s elec­tric­ity us­age. If they are high elec­tric­ity users then they may not be (bet­ter off),” he said.

En­ergy Min­is­ter Mark McAr­dle said the govern­ment was in­creas­ing a range of con­ces­sions and re­bates to help with elec­tric­ity and gas bills.

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