The Rockhampton Regional Council has decided to give water bill rebates to residents who fought bushfires in their backyards last year.
Residents were concerned about higher bills after using hoses or swimming pool water to keep back fires burning on the outskirts of Rockhampton.
Mayor Brad Carter says properties with town water will receive a $10 rebate, with a $20 rebate for rural properties.
Councillor Carter says residents will not have to apply for rebates and will be credited automatically based on where they live.
“Either adjacent to creeks and gullies and parks that were on fire or bushland that was on fire, or very close to it in urban areas,” he said.
“That will be credited back to their water bill, and those in rural areas, the 20 dollars will be credited back to their rates notice, and we’ll do this by a system of mapping.
“From what we could estimate we felt that 10 dollars probably covered a weekend worth of water usage to fight fires, sort of averaging it out.
“We decided on a 20 dollar rebate to rural property owners that aren’t supplied with a council water supply service to compensate them because of the significant costs that they incurred to use their water and to fight fires.”