More than 100,000 seniors travel cards rolled out in the regions
Just three weeks after applications for the second year of the Regional Seniors Travel Card opened, the popular initiative has already distributed more than 100,000 cards to seniors across regional NSW.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said it was fantastic to see the keen response to year two of the trial of the $250 prepaid Visa card, which benefited more than 337,500 seniors and their communities in 2020.
“The Regional Seniors Travel Card was a commitment of the NSW Nationals at the 2019 NSW election, and it’s one I’m proud to say we have delivered for the people of regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.
“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 do their shopping, attend medical appointments and stay connected with family and friends.
“We are creating a safer and stronger regional NSW and these travel cards are just one way we are helping our senior citizens in their everyday life in the regions.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the card had injected more than $60 million into regional economies in the first year of the trial, putting money in local cash registers at a time when it was needed the most.
“This card is great news for regional seniors – and another way we are injecting money into the bush with the benefit flowing to fuel stations, taxi drivers and local economies,” Mr Toole said.
“We know how much seniors value this card which has meant the difference between an extra few trips to visit grandkids, the ease of seeing friends locally or just getting to the shops.”
Eligible seniors have until 30 November 2021 to apply for a card. 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.