Tank water rebate promised

NATIONAL Party members have promised to help protect water supplies by expanding rainwater tank rebates to regional NSW, if they win the next state election.

The policy was announced at the annual Nationals' NSW general conference in Ballina late last week.

State Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell said the move would give incentives for people in the Clarence to install tanks.

"Labor introduced a $650 rainwater tank rebate, which at first glance seems like a good idea, but unbelievably the Government only made it available to customers of Sydney Water," Mr Cansdell said.

"The Nationals will expand the scheme to cover the whole state including the North Coast and we will double the maximum rebate to a maximum of $1300 per tank connected by a plumber to a toilet or a washing machine."

NSW Nationals leader Andrew Stoner said the policy would encourage the harvesting of stormwater.

"Country people know better than anyone that water is our most important natural resource ... (and) a Liberal/Nationals government will seek to secure our water supply with a fresh, diversified approach that focuses on both metropolitan and non-metropolitan NSW," he said.

"Our policy will encourage households in city and country NSW to harvest their rainwater for household use without depleting our precious drinking water supplies."

Mr Stoner said the scheme was expected to cost around $40million over four years.

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