Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman, has announced social housing tenants including those in the Goulburn electorate are eligible to apply for a heavily discounted washing machine as part of a NSW Government initiative to save on water and lower the cost of living.

“Water is such a precious asset, particularly here in the Goulburn electorate, which is why the NSW Government has introduced this measure, to help save up to 25,000 litres of water a year per machine,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“As the Member for Goulburn I am also highly aware that times have been tough for our community which is why we are offering these heavily discounted machines that could save you $220 – $245 a year.  A new and improved machine will save water, save electricity and save on the cost of detergent.”

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson the initiative will reduce living costs while boosting water and energy efficiency.

“Every drop of water counts. While we’re not in drought now, we could be again, and it’s never too soon to start saving and being more mindful about our water use,” Mr Anderson said.

“The NSW Government is always thinking about ways to ease the cost of living for communities and this is another way that we are doing that.

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the NSW Government is committed to reducing the cost of living for those who need it most. 

“Replacement washing machines could slash annual household electricity bills and detergent costs,” Mr Roberts said. 

“That’s hip-pocket savings that really add up, all while helping communities save precious resources.” 

Those eligible to apply include tenants living in Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) and Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) housing located in one of 43 LGAs across the state.

Successful applicants can choose between four different sized machines, and will pay a corresponding fee of $150, $200 or $250. The fee includes delivery, installation, and removal and recycling of their old appliance.  

Applications close on 30 June, or when all appliances are allocated. 

The Good Guys has been selected as retail partner for the pilot following a competitive tender process in accordance with NSW Government procurement legislation.

For more information on the pilot, eligibility and to apply, visit: water.nsw.gov.au/washingmachine.

For more information on the NSW Water Strategy, visit: https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/water/plans-and-programs/nsw-water-strategy