Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that more seniors across the Upper Hunter electorate are set to benefit from the NSW Government’s $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card, with thousands more veterans now eligible to apply for the card.
Mr Johnsen said more local seniors would now be able to access essential services by using the $250 pre-loaded card on fuel, taxis, pre-booked NSW TrainLink Regional train and coach services.
“We understand that many seniors in regional areas have no other means of transport to access essential services like attending medical appointments or travelling to the shops for supplies,” Mr Johnsen said.
“So while we are urging seniors to stay home as much as possible and avoid any non-essential travel right now, it’s important we continue to support seniors who need to carry out essential travel.
“So far in our Upper Hunter electorate, there have been many, many successful applications from eligible seniors for the card, and I am delighted that this announcement was made in time for Anzac Day 2020,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
Eligibility criteria for the card has been widened to include seniors who have reached the Age Pension age and are receiving one of the following pensions from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs:
- Service Pension
- Disability Pension under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
- War Widow(er)’s Pension.
These new recipients join people receiving the Age Pension and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders in being eligible for the card. All applicants must also live in regional NSW outside of Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong.
Eligible seniors have until 30 November to apply for a card in 2020, and 12 months to use their card from activation.
With the latest health advice and risks associated with COVID-19, seniors are encouraged to apply online at service.nsw.gov.au or call 13 77 88 rather than visiting a Service NSW Service Centre.
Seniors must activate their card within 45 days of the date shown on the letter that has their card attached or it will be cancelled. To activate the card, call card services any time on 1800 569 070 or enrol on the card services website.