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Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis called on the help of members of the Grafton U3A Men’s Shed in 2019 to promote the introduction new Regional Seniors Travel card. Image: file photo

Clarence and Richmond Valley seniors urged to reapply for $250 card

Clarence and Richmond Valley seniors will again to benefit from the NSW Government’s regional seniors travel card with applications for year two opening on Monday January 18, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.

“Our regional seniors travel card is a $250 prepaid Visa card designed to help older Australians in regional, rural and remote areas of NSW offset the cost of essential travel expenses,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“The card is coming back for the second year of the two-year trial following a successful first 12 months which saw over 337,500 applications across NSW.”

“The regional seniors travel card was an election commitment by the NSW Nationals, and it has been an overwhelming success in its first year. More than $60m has been spent in our regional communities, putting money in local cash registers at a time where it has been badly needed,” Mr Gulaptis said.

To be eligible, seniors 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.

They must also permanently live in regional NSW outside Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

Applications are managed by Service NSW, service.nsw.gov.au. Tel: 13 77 88.