APPRENTICE AND STUDENT TRAVEL CARD THE LATEST COST-SAVING MEASURE ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
The NSW Labor Government is refusing to rule out cutting the Regional Apprentice and University Student Travel Card later this year.
The card has been a huge success in Tamworth with students and apprentices taking up the opportunity to save a few dollars in the face of rising fuel costs.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said it was deeply concerning that Labor are looking to scrap yet another cost-saving measure, this time for students who are often scraping together their last few dollars to pay fill up the petrol tank.
“When we opened applications for the Apprentice and University Student Travel Card earlier this year, local students and their parents were quick to snap up their $250 card,” Mr Anderson said.
“The card has been a great boost to the budget, helping ease the pain at the bowser for apprentices and students who may have to travel long distances to get to and from training or work.
“Times are tough right now and the government should be doing everything it can to support our young people to get into a trade or into skilled work.
“Last week in parliament, the new Regional Transport Minister refused to rule out cutting the card, which comes as a concern for local students.”
Mr Anderson said it was disappointing that the new government was looking to cut cost of living measures at a time when the community can least afford it.
“The government is already preparing to scrap our Active Kids Vouchers, and it looks like the Apprentice and University Student Travel Card will be next in line,” Mr Anderson added.