From Wednesday, senior citizens across regional NSW can apply for the NSW Government’s $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the Regional Seniors Travel Card is an election commitment that aims to ease the burden of travel costs.
“The Regional Seniors Travel Card makes it easier for seniors to access services, do their shopping and to stay connected with family and friends,” Mr Crouch said.
“The card can be used to purchase fuel, use taxi services or travel on NSW TrainLink trains and coaches.
“Any Central Coast resident who holds a Pensioner Concession Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card is eligible for this $250 card and can apply through Service NSW.”
Member of the Legislative Council Taylor Martin said travel can be one of the most significant household costs faced by seniors in regional NSW.
“During the election we committed to take the pressure off seniors by reducing the cost of travel, and the rollout of the Regional Seniors Travel Card delivers on this promise,” Mr Martin said.
“The new card is also great news for local businesses including petrol stations and taxi drivers, as they too will benefit from the initiative.”
Eligible seniors will have a minimum of 12 months to use their card from the time of activation. To be eligible to receive the $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card you 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. Seniors must also live in regional NSW outside Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong City Council boundaries.
For more information, go to: www.service.nsw.gov.au/regionalseniorstravel.