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Regional seniors travel card | Service NSW

The regional seniors travel card provides eligible seniors living in regional, rural and remote areas of NSW with a $250 prepaid card to help ease the cost of travel. You can use the card at certain retailers to pay for pre-booked NSW Trainlink Regional trains and coaches, fuel and taxis.

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This is yet another L National Party inspired election scam. The original letter to the electorate clearly stated "to be eligible for the card, you need to be either an aged pensioner or a superannuation and annuity earner who lives in regional NSW."  I  wrote to my local member to get confirmation that this would be the eligibility criteria and the reply indicated that it would. However, after the election they changed the criteria to include only Commonwealth aged pensioners. This is just typical of the LNP, State or Federal, votes at any price, bribes, scams, misrepresentation, false promises, anything is fair game to get into government to continue their mismanagement. . 

The card name itself is misrepresentation. It is not a Regional Seniors travel card because it's not available to Seniors, it is a Regional aged pensioners travel card.

 

 

 

Viking you have not got the information correct. The information in the website clearly states:

 

For the trial, you must be:

1. receiving the Age Pension (you must have received the Age Pension for at least one month); or 

2. a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holder (you must have held your card for at least one month); and

3. living in a designated regional area of NSW outside of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

The eligibilty is aged pension OR a Commonwealth seniors health card AND live in a regional area.

 

The only real arguement was that people on a veterans card were not included but I believe this was looked at and shortly the travel card will be extended to them:

 

In the coming months, the trial will be expanded to include seniors who are: 

aged over 66 years living in a designated regional area of NSW outside of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong receiving one of the following pensions from the Department of Veterans' Affairs for at least one month: Service Pension Disability Pension under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 War Widow(er) Pension. 

And don't forget this is 2 year trial. There are no guarantees for anyone beyond the initial trial period.

KSS, you are wrong, I do have the information correct. I have the original pre-election letter which clearly states aged pensioners and superannuation recipients. I also have a subsequent email from the local Nationals office confirming this to be the case.The website was not available pre-election and the terms have been changed post election.

This was a typical LNP 'bait and switch' scam to get the maximum election outcome and then change the eligibility after the election.

KSS Viking is correct and you are wrong, maybe you are letting your LNP bias get in the way of the truth. I too had the original letter which I have kept because I was pretty sure the LNP would welch on its promise. Nothing unusual about that. As Viking says its a bait and switch scam, promise this to bribe more people to vote for you and then switch the rules. Maybe Scomo from marketing consults to the State party too!

Is this simialr to the seniors card scheme in QLD?

The Queensland Seniors card combines with a Go card if you are over 65. (similar to Opus and Myki cards). The Seniors Go card entitles the holder to half the regular fare on publiic transport bus, trains and ferries.

  

The Queensland Seniors card combined with a GO card, gives Gold Coast residents FREE travel on buses between 08.30 and 3.30, on weekdays.   Trains and Gold Coast tram are charged at concession rates.

cheers thanks for your response Notoverthehill. Just asked because we take oiur seniors on a yearly trip in Qld. Two years ago we went on the train to yepoon from brisbane and most of them had free trips. So was wondering if its the same type of deal.

Never mind that someone living in Newcastle is not eligable but their neighbour across the road in Lake Macquarie are eligable. Lake Macquarie has always been part of the Newcastle area. It's just a seperate council area. Newcastle is not deemed regional for this card but we are for postal services etc. Just don't want to pay up. Not a good look plus Newcastle is a strong Labor held area

Annie, its interesting too by contrast that one of the many Federal LNP rorts recently revealled for Regional womens and water sports grants went almost exclusively to urban and not regional recipients. In more ways than one, where rorts, scams and corruption are concerned the LNP knows no borders because it sees no limits to its deception.

I only heard of it the other day -- has it been available for a longer time?

No PlanB it is a newish trial.

From https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-regional-seniors-travel-card

The regional seniors travel card program is available for a 2-year trial period (2020-2021). Eligible seniors can apply for a card in 2020 and for another card in the second year of the program (2021).

In the coming months, the trial will be expanded to include seniors who are:
• aged over 66 years
• living in a designated regional area of NSW outside of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong
• receiving one of the following pensions from the Department of Veterans' Affairs for at least one month:
- Service Pension
- Disability Pension under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
- War Widow(er) Pension.

Eligibility (as explained by KSS above)

For the trial, you must be:
• receiving the Age Pension (you must have received the Age Pension for at least one month); or
• a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holder (you must have held your card for at least one month); and
• living in a designated regional area of NSW outside of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

Thanks RnR

I live in a small country town but right on the edge of Newcastle council area therefore I am ineligible. This puts me in the same category as Sydney CBD. How ridiculous

The NSW regional borders seem "very wide" to me ... hence the predicament of posters like annie and sooty above.

NSW Government Map.

Well Newcastle is well and truly mentioned in the Regional NSW map but the LNP now says it is not part of regional NSW. All part of the LNP 'bait and switch' tactics of the last NSW State election. 

I have applied for one

Well we are thankful that we are entitled to it and have both applied for it.  We are not aged pensioners but are entitled to the CSHC, sitting under the income limit of $89,290, and live in regional NSW.  Fuel is usually more expensive in regional areas and driving times to shopping centres usually take longer.  So $250 each to the budget is very welcome.

 

I have only just heard of this via a friend.  I applied and have been accepted (don't have the card yet, hopefully in the post). I am a self-funded retiree, and hold a Commonwealth health care card, which appeared to be enough. Agree with Taragosun, thankful for anything extra!

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