Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that applications for the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card are now open for those living in the Upper Hunter Electorate.
Eligible seniors can apply through service.nsw.gov.au, by calling 13 77 88 or visiting a Service NSW Service Centre.
Mr Johnsen said the card would ease the cost of travel for eligible regional seniors.
“Travel is one of the most significant expenses for residents living in rural and regional NSW, which is why the NSW Nationals in Government committed at the 2019 election to reducing that cost for seniors,” Mr Johnsen said.
“The NSW Nationals in Government are making it easier and more affordable for them to stay connected with family and friends, as well as accessing essential services including medical appointments and shopping centres.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said applications were open from today through Service NSW, with cards expected to be posted out to eligible seniors from mid-late February, following a successful pilot in Coffs Harbour.
“We are running a three week pilot in Coffs Harbour to ensure every step of the process is a smooth and hassle-free experience for both seniors and retailers in the bush,” Mr Toole said.
Mr Johnsen said that eligible seniors will have a minimum of 12 months to use their card from the time of activation.
“To be eligible to receive the $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card you must be an age pensioner with a valid Pensioner Concession Card or hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card issued by either the Department of Human Services or Department of Veterans’ Affairs,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
Seniors must also live in regional NSW outside Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong City Council boundaries.
DISCLAIMER: The regional seniors travel card is provided by Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141 AFSL 233714. Conditions apply. All seniors who receive the regional seniors travel card would have read and accepted the Product Disclosure Statement and the Terms and Conditions which are available at service.nsw.gov.au/RSTCterms or at Service NSW Service Centres. The information in this email does not take seniors personal objectives, circumstances or needs into account. Seniors should consider its appropriateness to these factors before acting on it. This information is current as at January 2020.