Rhonda Parker

Rhonda Parker


174,000 seniors to benefit from free public transport on Sundays and public holidays [Audio]

19/09/1999 6:00 AM

More than 174,000 seniors will receive a windfall as a result of the free public transport for seniors on Sundays and public holidays announced today by Premier Richard Court, according to Seniors Minister Rhonda Parker.

That’s how many seniors have a Seniors Card which automatically results in the issue of the Seniors Ticket for free travel on Sundays and public holidays on Perth’s buses, trains and ferries from October 3.

“I urge the 85,000 seniors who still don’t have a Seniors Card to apply so they are eligible to take advantage of this latest Government initiative for the International Year of Older Persons.

“The initiative will cost the Government an estimated $1.8 million a year and is in addition to the very popular free public transport for seniors during Seniors Week each year.

“Anyone aged 60 or over, working less than 20 hours a week and who is a permanent resident of the State can obtain a Seniors Card irrespective of how much they earn.

“Pension Card holders should also apply as they can receive a wide range of additional discounts from businesses and State Government agencies that would otherwise not be available.”

The Minister said seniors cards can save holders up to $560 a year on Government services alone with a 50% rebate on motor drivers licences, up to 25% off water charges, an electricity rebate, 50% off Recreational Fishing Licences and concessions on TAFE courses.

“Also, more than 900 businesses offer discounts ranging from insurance to travel and car repairs.

“Seniors Cards are part of the Government’s commitment to increase the participation of seniors in society and help fulfil the five key principles of the International Year of Older Persons which are independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity.

“Seniors will also benefit from moves to increase security on public transport.

“The new bus fleet is being fitted with surveillance cameras in addition to the ‘night alight’ initiative which operates on all routes after 7.30pm allowing passengers to request the bus to stop at places between designated bus stops.

“In addition, work is being undertaken to ensure train and bus stations are more secure as another aspect of the Government’s Safer WA program.”

Application forms for Seniors Cards are available from branches of the ANZ, Bankwest, Challenge, National Australia Bank and Home Building Society or by calling the Office of Seniors Interests on 9220 111 or toll free 1800 671 233.

Media contact: Owen Cole 9481 7810

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