Local seniors jump aboard travel card

Just three weeks after applications opened for year two of the Regional Seniors Travel Card trial, the popular initiative has had more than 100,000 applications from across regional NSW – and more than 3000 from the Dubbo electorate alone.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said it’s fantastic to see the keen response to year two of the trial of the $250 pre-paid Visa card which benefited more than 337,500 seniors and their communities in 2020.

“The Regional Seniors Travel Card was a commitment we made before the 2019 NSW election, and I’m proud to say it’s one we have delivered for the people of regional NSW,” Mr Saunders said.

“The card has been an overwhelming success, last year easing the burden of 8,418 local seniors to the tune of $2.1 million!”

Already in year two of the trial, 3,335 applications have been received from the Dubbo electorate.

“This card is great news for regional seniors and another way we are injecting money into the bush with the benefit flowing for fuel stations, taxi drivers and local economies,” Mr Saunders said.

“Eligible seniors have until 30 November 2021 to apply and I encourage seniors living in the Narromine, Dubbo and Mid-Western Regional council areas to submit an application through Service NSW.”

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.

Applications for the card are made online at www.service.nsw.gov.au, by calling 13 77 88 or by visiting a Service NSW Service Centre.

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