Regional seniors to save $250 as applications for popular travel card open

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Seniors across regional NSW could save $250 on the cost of travel thanks to the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s Regional Seniors Travel Card.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said applications for the latest round of the highly successful program are now open and encouraged eligible seniors to cash in on the initiative.

“We know how much seniors value this card – it can mean the difference between an extra few trips to visit grandkids, the ease of seeing friends locally or just getting to the shops or attending medical appointments,” Mr Toole said.

“The figures speak for themselves - more than one million cards have now been issued injecting $196 million into regional economies and we want even more seniors and local businesses to reap the benefits of this card in 2023.”

The $250 pre-paid Visa card can be used on fuel, taxis, electric charging stations, pre-booked NSW TrainLink regional train and coaches, helping those eligible with the cost of getting from A to B.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said he wanted the number of cards issued to eligible seniors in 2023 to break the 2022 record when 362,000 seniors benefitted from a boost to their hip pocket.

“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government understands the cost of living pressures our seniors are facing in the bush which is why we pushed for this scheme,” Mr Farraway said. 

understands the cost of living pressures our seniors are facing in the bush which is why we pushed for this scheme,” Mr Farraway said. 

“I really encourage all eligible seniors to get their applications in and save themselves $250 on travel costs for this year.”