MUDDY: A 25 per cent rebate for de-silting dams has been flagged by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
MUDDY: A 25 per cent rebate for de-silting dams has been flagged by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Valerie Horton

Dam, that's a good rebate

THE Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has foreshadowed a new Federal Government rebate on the horizon that would offer financial assistance to primary producers for de-silting dams on their property.

Department senior extension officer Damien O'Sullivan said the guidelines for the grant had been drawn up and were awaiting approval by the relevant minister in the states and territories, which would be responsible for administering and delivering the rebates.

"It shouldn't be too far off,” Mr O'Sullivan said.

The rebate would be for 25 per cent of the cost of de-silting dams, up to $25,000.

"Funding will be limited and it will dissipate quickly, with no opportunities until the following year,” Mr O'Sullivan said, urging producers to keep their eyes peeled for an announcement on the rebate.

To be eligible, applicants' properties would need to be declared an Individually Droughted Property.

The rebate could not be used to create new dams.

Successful applicants would need to take a photo of their dams prior to the work starting and again when the work is completed as proof.

De-silting dams is not included under Queensland's Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate, which provides a 50 per cent rebate for things such as installing pumps, generators, tanks or drilling new working bores.


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