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MP Chris Gulaptis

Seniors travel card a success but thousands still missing out

Around four in five eligible local seniors have claimed their $250 travel card in the second year of the NSW Government initiative, but Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis wants to ensure no one misses out.

“8233 cards were issued to Clarence Valley seniors and 3432 were issued to older residents of the Richmond Valley, which translates into take-up rates of 76 percent and 80 percent respectively,” Mr. Gulaptis said.

“It (the scheme) recognizes that older Australians in regional areas like ours don’t benefit from the subsidized mass transit that Sydneysiders enjoy.

“It puts $250 into the pockets of eligible regional NSW seniors to spend mostly at servos for fuel and on taxi services but it can also be used on pre-booked NSW TrainLink, regional train and coach services.”

Eligible seniors have until 30 November 2021 to apply. 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.

Applications for the card can be made online at www.service.nsw.gov.au, by calling 13 77 88, or by visiting a Service NSW Service Centre.

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