The Nationals in Government will make life a little easier for seniors doing it tough in regional and rural NSW, thanks to a new $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card.
NSW Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said seniors with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and aged pensioners living in regional NSW would benefit from the initiative.
The card can be used be used for fuel and taxis from participating providers in rural and regional NSW and pre-booked NSW TrainLink train and coach services, helping to make it easier for seniors to access essential services.
“The Nationals in Government are committed to taking the pressure off the cost of living,” Mr Provest said. “Talking to people across NSW, the message is clear, many people are doing it tough, which is why we have introduced a range of measure to ease the cost of living for seniors.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said travel was a significant household cost faced by those living across rural and regional NSW.
“With further distances to travel, country seniors rely more heavily on their cars and that means more fuel and more money,” Mr Barilaro said. “This initiative is just another way the Nationals in Government are helping reduce the cost of living for households across the State.”
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 live 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 complements the suite of cost of living measures already announced by the Government including a revamped Seniors Card and energy rebates for self-funded retirees.