Applications open for second year of Regional Seniors Travel Card program

Seniors living in the Dubbo electorate will continue to benefit from the regional seniors travel card, with applications for this year’s card now open.

The regional seniors travel card, which was issued to more than 8400 people* in the Dubbo, Narromine and Mid-Western local government areas last year, is a $250 prepaid Visa card designed to assist eligible seniors in regional, rural and remote areas of NSW offset the cost of essential travel expenses.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said he is looking forward to the second year of the two-year trial following a successful first 12 months, in which more than 337,500 cards were provided to seniors across NSW.

“The regional seniors travel card was an election commitment by the NSW Nationals, and it has been an overwhelming success in its first year. More than $60m has been spent by seniors in our regions in an effort to help them stay active and mobile,” he said.

“The card makes travelling more accessible and convenient for our seniors in the bush, who often have less transport options than those living in big cities like Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

“I have had plenty of positive feedback from seniors who have appreciated the card, whether they have used it for public transport or to put fuel in the car.”

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.

With ongoing concerns about coronavirus, seniors are encouraged to apply online at service.nsw.gov.au or by calling 13 77 88, rather than visiting a Service NSW Service Centre.

For those who need to, seniors can find their nearest Service NSW Service Centre location at service.nsw.gov.au.

NOTE: Dubbo Regional Council LGA (4961), Mid-Western Regional Council LGA (2693), Narromine Shire Council LGA (764)

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