Just five weeks after applications for the Regional Seniors Travel Card opened, more than 26,000 applications have been received from Central Coast seniors.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the popular cost of living measure involved a $250 pre-paid Visa card that could be spent on fuel, taxi services and tickets for NSW TrainLink trains and coaches.
“I’m blown away by how popular the Regional Seniors Travel Card is with senior citizens on the Central Coast,” Mr Crouch said.
“We know that travel can be one of the biggest household costs, which is why the NSW Government is providing these Cards to take the pressure off our senior citizens.
“A total of 26,972 applications have been received in the space of five weeks, which equates to $6.7 million of travel savings.
“This Card is another way we are injecting money into the local economy with the benefit flowing for local petrol stations and taxi drivers.
“Regional Seniors Travel Cards were also an overwhelming success in 2020, with 42,635 Central Coast residents successfully applying for and receiving their own.”
To be eligible, seniors must be an age pensioner with a valid Pensioner Concession Card or hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card issued by either the Department of Human Services or Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Eligible seniors have until 30 November 2021 to apply. Applications for the Card can be made online, by calling Service NSW on 13 77 88, or by visiting a Service NSW Centre.
Across NSW, more than 100,000 applications have been received for Regional Seniors Travel Cards so far in 2021.
For more information, go to: www.service.nsw.gov.au/regionalseniorstravel.