MORE VETERAN SENIORS ELIGIBLE FOR REGIONAL TRAVEL CARD
More veteran seniors across the region are set to benefit from the NSW Government’s $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card, with thousands of Veterans Affairs pensioners now eligible to apply for the card.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson 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.
“This is great news for those seniors who receive pensions from the Department of Veterans Affairs who live in regional areas, particularly as the limitations inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic are restrictive.
“I know that many of these seniors in regional areas like Barraba, Manilla, Tambar Springs, Werris Creek, Nundle, Walcha or even larger centres like Tamworth and Gunnedah have no other means of transport to access essential services like attending medical appointments or travelling to the shops for supplies.
“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.
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.
MEDIA: Simon Chamberlain | 0477 309 999
Successful applicants for the Regional Seniors Transport Card include
- Gunnedah Shire Council – 1,131.
- Liverpool Plains Shire Council – 829.
- Tamworth Regional Council – 5,996.
- Walcha Shire Council – 354.