Seniors in the Highlands and Tablelands have the opportunity to save on travel costs with the two-year extension of the NSW Regional Seniors Travel Card.
The initiative began in 2020, and over 690,000 $250 cards have been distributed since then.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said $246 million has been dedicated to the extension, where seniors can reap the benefits until the end of 2023.
"The NSW Regional Seniors Travel Card has been an overwhelming success, ensuring seniors in rural, regional and remote areas of the State are able to offset some of their costs for getting to the shops, to medical appointments, staying connected locally and with friends and family living in other parts of the State," he said.
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He said that the eligibility has been extended to people with disabilities and seniors who are carers.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said eligible applicants will receive a $250 pre-paid Visa card that could be used for fuel, taxis, pre-booked NSW TrainLink Regional trains and coaches, and select community transport services.
The cards are contactless which make payments easier and safer for users.
"By putting an extra $250 in the pockets of our regional seniors, we are boosting access to safe and convenient travel, as well as reducing the burden on people who often have fewer transport options than those living in the city," he said.
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"This initiative has also injected more than $131 million into regional economies, benefitting local taxi operators and fuel stations."
Along with the existing criteria, seniors can apply for a travel card if they are eligible for the Age Pension, and receiving either a Disability Support Pension or Carer Payment from Services Australia.
Seniors have until November 30 to apply for the this year's installment of the travel card.
Eligible participants will also be able to apply for a 2023 Regional Seniors Travel Card early next year.
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With the latest COVID-19 health advice, seniors are encouraged to apply online or call 13 77 88 rather than visit a service centre.
More information can be found at service.nsw.gov.au/regionalseniorstravel.
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