Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, is encouraging Coast residents to access energy rebates available through the Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) scheme and the Seniors Energy Rebates as coronavirus restrictions see energy costs soar.
“I’ve sadly had many conversations with members of our community about the financial difficulties they are experiencing as a result of COVID-19, and this assistance will provide economic relief for those who are struggling to pay utility bills,” Tesch said.
“Unfortunately, figures have shown that the unemployment rate on the Central Coast has grown higher in the wake of COVID and I’m sure as bills filter through post boxes more locals will feel the pinch.”
Tesch said if you have an electricity or natural gas account in NSW, are the account holder and currently experiencing a short-term financial crisis, and are yet to pay your energy bill, you may be eligible for an EAPA $50 voucher.
“The Senior’s Energy Rebate of $200 is available for self-funded retirees who are the primary account holder for the electricity bill of their primary place of residence in NSW and have a valid Commonwealth Seniors Health Card or Department of Veterans’’ Affairs card,” she said.
Tesch says many retirees had seen hikes in their energy bills because they were home more often this year.
“One of the most vulnerable age groups to COVID, our seniors, have been forced to stay indoors to protect their safety which has led to them using a lot more energy,” she said.
“Many retirees have since seen a considerable increase in their energy bills and I encourage you all to access this much needed financial support.”
Both the EAPA scheme and the Seniors Energy Rebate are facilitated through Service NSW.
Media release, Sep 2
Member for Gosford Liesl Tesch