Just three weeks after applications for the Regional Seniors Travel Card opened, thousands of Northern Rivers residents have applied and will soon be benefitting from their new card.


This comes as the popular initiative has already reached more than 100,000 applications from across regional NSW.


Local Nationals Member of the Legislative Council Ben Franklin said it’s fantastic to see the keen response to year two of the trial of the $250 pre-paid Visa card which benefited more than 337,500 seniors and their communities in 2020.


“The Regional Seniors Travel Card was a commitment we made before the 2019 NSW election, and I’m proud to say it’s one we have delivered for the people of regional NSW,” Mr Franklin said.


“The card has been an overwhelming success, last year easing the burden of 30,492 local seniors.


“Already in year two of the trial 3,742 applications have been received from the Ballina and Byron Bay areas.


“Across Lismore, Kyogle and Tenterfield 2,556 applications have already been received and I hope to see as many people benefit from this card as possible.


“This card is great news for regional seniors and another way we are injecting money into the bush with the benefit flowing for fuel stations, taxi drivers and local economies,” Mr Franklin said.


Eligible seniors have until 30 November 2021 to apply and I encourage seniors living in the area to submit an application through Service NSW.


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 are made online at www.service.nsw.gov.au, by calling 13 77 88 or by visiting a Service NSW Service Centre.