One of the NSW Government’s key pre-election commitments will be rolled out in the coming weeks, with regional seniors able to apply for the $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card from Wednesday, 29 January.
Member for the Dubbo electorate said travel was one of the most significant household costs faced by seniors living in rural and regional areas, and the card is designed to ease the burden of those costs.
“This card is about making it easier for seniors to access services, do their shopping and to stay connected with family and friends,” Mr Saunders said.
“Eligible seniors will be able to use their card to purchase fuel, use taxi services or travel on NSW TrainLink trains and coaches.
“This is also great news for regional businesses including fuel stations and taxi drivers as they too will benefit from the initiative.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said a three-week pilot would start next week in Coffs Harbour to inform the statewide rollout of the card.
“This pilot will ensure every step of the process is a smooth and hassle-free experience for both seniors and retailers in the bush,” Mr Toole said.
“It will allow us to test the card and work through any issues that may arise. Following a successful trial we anticipate the Regional Seniors Travel Card will start to reach eligible seniors from mid-late February.”
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 service.nsw.gov.au, call 13 77 88 or visit a Service NSW Service Centre.