With the number of successful applications set to equal last year’s 14,371, the NSW Nationals $250 Seniors Travel cards will have injected more than $7 million into the Tweed at a time when small businesses need it most, according to Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest.

“Last year 14,371 Tweed seniors were issued with the $250 prepaid Visa cards, so far in 2021, we have received 5342 Tweed applications,” Mr Provest said.

“The Regional Seniors Travel Card is a NSW Government initiative that recognises the older Australians in regional areas like the Tweed don’t benefit from the subsidised mass transit that Sydneysiders and people in Brisbane enjoy.”

“This is NSW Nationals election commitment made for regional NSW people. It is not available to seniors on the Gold Coast or in any other State, Territory or capital city.

“It is mostly spent on taxi fares and at servos for fuel, but all Tweed small businesses benefit when thousands of local seniors have a little more disposable income.”

Eligible seniors have until 30 November 2021 to apply 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 the Service NSW Service Centre in Tweed Heads South or Murwillumbah.