Mouse plague rebates now open for regional households and small businesses

Filed in Just In by July 5, 2021

REGIONAL households and small businesses can now go online and claim rebates for mouse bait, traps and cleaning materials bought after February 1.

Eligible customers can make a claim by uploading receipts to the Service New South Wales website or by by calling the Service NSW hotline on 13 77 88, however call waiting times are expected to be longer than usual, due to the current COVID-19 situation.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said those eligible can apply for a one-off claim, with up to $500 available for households and $1,000 available for small businesses.

“Claiming rebates is simple but you can only claim once, so I encourage residents and small business owners who have spent close to the maximum amount available to visit the Service New South Wales website today,” Mr Barilaro said.

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said primary producers who live where they work can also claim a single rebate of up to $1,000 to help meet the cost of protecting their premises.

“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 and this rebate will help them to also safeguard their homes,” Mr Marshall said.

“By the end of the month, primary producers will also be able to claim a 50 percent rebate on purchases of zinc phosphide based bait, to a maximum of $10,000, through the Rural Assistance Authority,” he said.

For further details about the mouse rebate program, including eligibility and the claims process, click here.

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