The NSW Government will fund a full year of council rate relief for owners of homes, farms and businesses lost in the bushfire crisis, including those in Inverell Shire Council.
Council rate relief already paid out covers rates notices for quarter three (January - March) and quarter four (April - June) for 2019-20.
The six-month extension will cover rates notices for quarter one (July - September) and quarter two (October - December) of this financial year.
The government has already provided more than $2.4 million in council rate relief to ease the financial burden on bushfire victims.
Importantly this funding is paid directly to the local council, meaning ratepayers don't have to pay anything and it does not cost local councils anything to support these property owners.
The relief package covers the land rates component and fixed service charges, such as waste, sewerage and water, where the amount is included on the council rates notice.
Any eligible ratepayer who has already paid their rates will receive an automatic credit against their account or can speak with their local council regarding a refund.
Deputy Premier and the Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro said the Government was extending council rate relief for eligible property owners affected by the bushfires to help them recover and rebuild their lives and businesses.
"In February the NSW Government announced it was funding six months of council rate relief for owners of homes, farms and businesses whose properties suffered damage beyond repair in the bushfires," Mr Barilaro said.
"Now the Government is announcing that we will fund a further six months of rate relief for eligible property owners to ensure they can direct more of their finances towards rebuilding their lives and businesses."
Bushfire recovery funding from the Government has been distributed through grants, temporary accommodation, clean-up and industry support.
For more head to www.olg.nsw.gov.au/