Saunders welcomes backdating of mouse rebate claims

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed a decision by the NSW Government to backdate rebate claims for mouse baiting programs.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced today that households and small businesses impacted by high numbers of mice across regional NSW will be able to backdate their claims to February 1, 2021. Claims will be able to be made from early July.

“I’ve discussed the situation with the Deputy Premier and with the Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall, and I’m glad that this measure has been taken,” Mr Saunders said.

“Every day I speak to people who have had mice in their homes, or their shops, or in their farm sheds, and it has been terrible. I’ve had them in my house and lost a family pet that came into contact with bait.

“By backdating the rebates we give people the chance to recoup some of the outlay they have made over the past three months or so to try and keep these pests at bay.”

The mouse bait rebate, which also includes traps or cleaning materials, will be available to households, small businesses and primary producers located in the mouse-impacted Central Tablelands, Central West, Northern Tablelands, North West, Western, Riverina and Murray regions, and select Local Government Areas in Hunter and South East Local Land Service regions.

Claiming a rebate will be a simple process that you can complete on the Service NSW website or by visiting a Service NSW centre and uploading or showing receipts for mouse bait purchases dating back to February 1, 2021.

Plans to provide farmers with bromadiolone-treated grain for perimeter baiting are progressing but remain dependent on approval from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.

For further details about the mouse rebate program, including eligibility and the claims process, go to: www.nsw.gov.au/mice.

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