THE draft Rockhampton Regional Council budget (excluding Livingstone) to be put forward tomorrow will include an increased rebate for pensioners.

Mayor Strelow said this was in recognition of the increasing financial pressures pensioners are facing.

"Pensioners are one of the groups hit hardest by any increase in the cost of living, and in recognition of this council is proposing a $50 increase to the pensioner rebate," Mayor Strelow said.

"This will mean that pensioners will be eligible for discounts on their rates up to a maximum of $450.

"This is a combination of a maximum $200 rebate provided by the State Government and a maximum $250 rebate provided by Council.

Those residents who have previously successfully applied for the pensioner rebate will continue to receive it, provided that Centrelink confirms their eligibility.

Pensioners need only reapply for the rebate if their pension type or details change or if they change properties.

Anyone wishing to apply for this rebate can contact Council for more information on 1300 22 55 77, or 4932 9000 or by visiting one of our Customer Service Centres.



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