Just three months after applications for the Regional Seniors Travel Card opened for 2021, the popular initiative has had more than 7000 applications across the electorate, putting more than $1.75 million into the pockets of senior residents.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said it is 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 across regional NSW 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, and the vast majority of the feedback I have received indicates that it has had a positive impact on the lives of seniors.
“Already this year we have seen more than 300,000 cards issued across regional NSW, and more than 7000 of those have been issued to residents in the Dubbo, Narromine and Mid-Western local government areas.
“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.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said it is exciting to see high interest in the second year of the trial.
“The card helps ease the burden of travel costs for eligible seniors in regional, rural and remote areas of NSW, making it easier and more affordable for them to travel,” Mr Toole said.
Eligible seniors have until 30 November 2021 to apply. 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 can be made online at www.service.nsw.gov.au, by calling 13 77 88 or by visiting a Service NSW Service Centre.