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$250 TRAVEL CARD DRIVES SAVINGS FOR REGIONAL SENIORS
From January 2020 the cost of travel will ease for seniors living in rural NSW with the Government rolling out the $250 Regional Seniors Transport Card.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the $250 Regional Seniors Transport Card announced during the 2019 NSW State Election campaign will help thousands of seniors in the bush.
“Travel is one of the most significant household pressures for residents living in regional NSW and The NSW Government is committed to reducing costs for seniors,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The $250 can be used for fuel and taxis from participating providers in rural and regional NSW, and pre-booked NSW TrainLink services.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the initiative complemented a suite of cost of living measures already rolled out.
“We know it can be a bit challenging for country seniors to travel to medical appointments or to see loved ones,” Mr Toole said.
“With further distances to travel, they rely heavily on private travel which can be a more expensive option.
“This initiative will ease the pressure on seniors to access essential services and help address cost of living pressures in the bush.”
The Regional Seniors’ Transport Card policy follows a recommendation from the 2016 NSW Parliamentary Committee on Community Services into the access to Transport for Seniors and Disadvantaged People in Rural and Regional NSW.
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.