Seniors in the region will soon be able to apply for a $250 'Regional Seniors Travel Card', following an announcement by the NSW Government.
Rolled out in the coming weeks, seniors can apply for the card from Wednesday, 29 January.
Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders said travel was one of the most significant household costs faced by seniors living in rural and regional areas.
"This card is about making it easier for seniors to access services, do their shopping and to stay connected with family and friends," Mr Saunders said.
"This is also great news for regional businesses including fuel stations and taxi drivers as they too will benefit from the initiative."
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said a trial will start next week in Coffs Harbour to inform the rollout of the card.
"This pilot will ensure every step of the process is a smooth and hassle-free experience for both seniors and retailers in the bush," Mr Toole said.
Following a successful trial, they anticipate the travel card will start to reach those eligible from February.
Seniors will have a minimum of 12 months to use their card from the time of activation.
Are you eligible?
To be eligible to receive the $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card you must fit certain criteria listed below:
- Be an aged pensioner with a valid Pensioner Concession Card.
- Hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card issued by either the Department of Human Services or Department of Veterans' Affairs.
To be eligible, seniors must also live in regional NSW outside Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong City Council boundaries.
For more information go to service.nsw.gov.au, call 13 77 88 or visit a Service NSW Service Centre.
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