$250 REGIONAL SENIORS TRAVEL CARD RETURNS
The region’s seniors will soon be saving another $250 on travel with the return on the NSW Nationals Regional Seniors Travel Card.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said this was the fourth year the card had been available, and it had proved a hit with local seniors with more than two thirds of local seniors taking up the card in 2022.
“We know that the cost of travel is biting many in our community hard, none more so than our seniors who need to travel frequently to attend appointments, the shops and to visit friends and family,” Mr Anderson said.
“The $250 pre-paid Visa card can be used on fuel, taxis, electric charging stations, pre-booked NSW TrainLink regional trains and coaches, helping those eligible with the cost of getting from A to B.
“Last year, 9,918 seniors in the Tamworth Electorate took advantage of the card meaning almost $2.5 million in savings for local seniors.”
Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said he wanted the number of cards issued this year to break the 2022 record, when 362,000 cards were issued.
“I really encourage all eligible seniors to get their applications in and save themselves $250 on travel costs for this year,” Mr Farraway said.
“It’s disappointing we’ve heard nothing from the Chris Minns Labor Party on how they will help our seniors in the bush deal with the cost of living. Labor actually opposed this card when we first announced it and then they did a U-turn and wanted the card for people in the city.
The Regional Seniors Travel Card has injected $196 million into regional economies, with more than one million cards issued since the scheme started in 2020.
Applications are now open and will close on November 30, 2023.
Seniors can apply online at service.nsw.gov.au, by visiting their local Service NSW shopfront or calling 1800 569 070.