The NSW Nationals Government will make life a little easier for seniors doing it tough in regional and rural NSW, thanks to a new $250 Regional Seniors Transport Card.

Austin Evans, Member for Murray said Seniors with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and aged pensioners living in Regional NSW will benefit from the initiative.

“This initiative is just another way the Nationals in Government is helping reduce the cost of living for households across the State.

“In 2016 the NSW Parliament Committee on Community Services had an inquiry into the access to Transport for Seniors and Disadvantaged People in Rural and Regional NSW.

“A recommendation from this inquiry was for Transport for NSW to consider introducing a fuel card system for people living in very remote locations where there is no access to public or point-to-point transport services.

“Seniors in Sydney get to jump on a subsidised ferry or train whenever they want, and it’s only fair that those in regional NSW get the same access to subsidised travel,” Mr Evans said.

The card will be renewable on an annual basis for two years and is available for aged pensioners, or Commonwealth Senior Health Card holders, who lives in regional NSW.

The NSW Government also provides concession fares to seniors, including $2.50 capped all-day travel with a Country Pensioner Excursion Ticket on NSW Trainlink Services and Regional Excursion Daily on Privately-operated local buses.

This initiative compliments the suite of cost of living measures already announced by the Government including a revamped Seniors Card and energy rebates for self-funded retirees.