The cost of travel for rural and regional seniors will be eased from January 2020, with the rollout of the $250 Regional Seniors Transport Card.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the $250 Regional Seniors’ Transport Card was announced during the NSW Election campaign earlier this year and will help thousands of seniors in the bush.
“This is great news for our regional and rural seniors. Travel is one of the most significant household costs for residents living in regional NSW, and the Government is working hard to reduce that cost for seniors.
“The $250 can be used for fuel and taxis from participating providers in rural and regional NSW, and, pre-booked NSW TrainLink services.”
“I know it can be a bit challenging for country seniors to travel to medical appointments or to see loved ones. With further distances to travel, they rely more heavily on private travel which can be a more expensive option. 
“This government has been looking at many ways to assist those who live in regional NSW.
“In early March last year, the Government introduced cuts of almost 30 per cent for adult regional bus fares with a new fare structure for regional bus operators.
“NSW TrainLink also introduced trial bus services linking Tamworth with Port Macquarie and Dubbo and this has proved a popular package.
“After speaking to the community it is clear people want better direct public transport links between regional areas,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Seniors must be living in Regional NSW, outside Newcastle and Wollongong City Council boundaries, and be either an aged pensioner or a Commonwealth Senior Health Cardholder. 
Further details about the rollout of the $250 Regional Seniors’ Transport Cards will be made available later in the year.
Travel is one of the most significant household costs faced by seniors living in rural and regional NSW. 
Starting from January 2020, the Regional Seniors Transport Card will run for two years.
The card will provide eligible recipients with $250 each year towards the purchase of fuel and taxi services from participating providers, as well as pre-booked NSW TrainLink services.
$22 million has been allocated in the 2019/20 budget towards the first phase of the Regional Seniors Transport Card, a key commitment by the NSW Liberals and Nationals.
The Card will make it easier and more affordable for seniors in our regions to access essential services and assist with day-to-day activities such as shopping and visiting friends and family.

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