From today, Central Coast seniors 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 a $250 prepaid Visa card designed to assist seniors in regional, rural and remote areas of NSW offset the cost of essential travel expenses.
“The Central Coast is a vast geographic area and this means travel can be one of the most significant household costs faced by our seniors,” Mr Crouch said.
“The Regional Seniors Travel Card can be used to purchase fuel, use taxi services or travel on NSW TrainLink trains and coaches.
“This makes it easier for seniors to access essential services like doctors’ appointments, travel to and from shopping centres, and stay connected with family and friends.
“More than 40,000 seniors across the Coast benefitted in 2020 and can receive another Regional Seniors Travel Card in 2021, so I encourage them to apply for this through Service NSW.
“The Cards also provide a fantastic boost for local businesses like petrol stations and taxi drivers, because they also benefit from the initiative.”
Eligible seniors will have a minimum of 12 months to use their Card from the time of activation, and have from 18 January to 30 November to apply for it.
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. They must also permanently live in regional NSW outside Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.
For more information and to apply, go to: www.service.nsw.gov.au/regionalseniorstravel.