State help to ease pain of house­hold bills

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

DOU­GLAS Shire res­i­dents could be sav­ing hun­dreds of dol­lars off their bills with a simple click.

The Smart Saver web­site, launched in June fea­tures in­for­ma­tion on con­ces­sion across 17 cat­e­gories and has been vis­ited more than 90,000 times.

The web­site pro­vides el­i­gi­ble Queens­lan­ders with in­for­ma­tion about $5.3 bil­lion in govern­ment con­ces­sions and mea­sures to ease house­hold bill pres­sure.

The Elec­tric­ity Re­bate has in­creased for the Queens­land Se­niors Card, the Pen­sioner Con­ces­sion Card and the Depart­ment of Veter­ans Af­fair Gold Card from al­most $20 to $340.85.

Those aged over 60, who are el­i­gi­ble, will be able to stay in their own homes through Home As­sist Se­cure and the Spec­ta­cle Sup­ply Scheme gives res­i­dents a pair of ba­sic pre­scrip­tion spec­ta­cles once every two years.

For peo­ple who can­not af­ford to pay full bond to move into a pri­vate rental, there are con­ces­sions for in­ter­est-free bond loans.

The Smart Saver web­site can be ac­cessed at www.qld.gov.au/smart­sav­ings or phone the Queens­land Govern­ment call cen­tre on 13QGOV.

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