Brady Rule and Jemma Chaplin are the happy winners of Council’s eRates competition.
They won $1000 off their rates, simply by signing up to receive their rates notice by email and to pay by direct debit, giving them an entry in the random draw.
Brady and Jemma became ratepayers last year when they built their first home in December and they couldn’t be happier.
“It feels so good to own our own home,” Brady said.
“We knew Bundy was a great place to be able to achieve this dream of owning our own home.
“Great local builders and affordable land, it was a dream come true being able to build at only 22 years old.”
And winning $1000 off their rates is “icing on the cake”.
“To win $1000 towards the rates is such a relief for us – we are truly thankful.
“It's one thing we don’t have to worry about having to pay now while we try and save up for our wedding next year.
“It will be used to keep us ahead on the rates and gives us more time to focus on the wedding.”
Brady and Jemma appreciate receiving their rates via email and were quick to sign up for direct debit.
“We love the direct debit system – it makes it so convenient for us.
“We just set up a small amount to be taken weekly.
“It's so much easier than dreading having to have a large sum of money ready to pay a bill before it's due.”
Organisational Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Steve Cooper said it was great to see a young couple win the prize.
“Brady and Jemma moved to Bundaberg a couple of years ago in the hope of building their first home, so it’s lovely that this $1000 will be taken off one of their early rates bills,” Cr Cooper said.
“The people who have signed up have found that paying via eRates is convenient, contactless and streamlined.
“They’ll also be receiving their waste vouchers via email too, which is so convenient.”
“Most people already receive and pay their other bills online, so it makes sense that they can do that with their rates,” Cr Cooper said.
“Paying by direct debit is another important service that Council now offers.
“I personally find that paying recurring bills by direct debit stops ‘bill shock’.
“Ratepayers can specify whether they want payments to come out of their nominated bank account weekly, fortnightly, monthly or half yearly – it’s so easy and convenient.”
To register for eRates and direct debit click here.
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