Current and ex-defence force personnel living in regional NSW will be able to travel for free on public transport to and from events this Anzac Day long weekend.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said all modes of public transport in regional areas will be free for veterans and their families, including those of deceased service personnel, from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 April to allow them to attend commemorative services.
“We’ve faced a very challenging two years and it is great to see in our local ANZAC day services return to normal this year,” Mr Saunders said.
“To make it easier for all our veterans and their families, we’re making travel free right across the public transport network.
“Even if you wish to take part in a Dawn Service in Sydney, veterans and their families can travel free on NSW TrainLink trains and coaches so long as they have booked a return ticket from a regional location in NSW.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said it was a great opportunity for any veteran and their spouses, children, grandchildren and carers to be part of ANZAC day in their own community or take part in a service in Sydney.
“Starting the free travel two days prior to Anzac Day gives veterans travelling from country areas more time to spend with family or reconnect with mates at events in their local communities or even travel to Sydney, where services will be held without any COVID restrictions for the first time since 2019.”
Regional residents wanting to take up the free travel on NSW TrainLink services must make a booking on 13 22 32 and provide documentation of their status on official RSL letterhead at the time of booking and while travelling.
Free travel recipients are required to wear the Australian Defence Uniform; or display service medals; or carry a letter of accreditation from an ex-services organisation; or present a war widow’s gold card.