Hon Mick Murray MLA

Hon Mick Murray MLA

Former Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation

    WA Seniors Card celebrates 30 years of benefits for older Western Australians

    23/04/2018 5:00 PM
     
    • Milestone achievement for WA's pioneering Seniors Card, the most generous in Australia 

    The State Government today celebrated 30 years of the WA Seniors Card - the Australian-first concessions program for seniors, since replicated throughout the country to great success.

     

    Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray joined stakeholders from the seniors and ageing space to celebrate the scheme - the most generous of its kind in Australia.

     

    Former Labor Premier Peter Dowding launched the WA Seniors Card on April 19, 1988, following strong support for the concept from then Minister for the Aged Kay Hallahan.

     

    The card was the brainchild of schoolteacher and former Royal Australian Air Force serviceman Fred Carden, who established the Seniors Citizens Concession Committee and engaged with businesses to shore up support for the scheme.

     

    The anniversary was celebrated at the Aquarium of Western Australia. Special guests included Seniors Card members, volunteers and Nan Milton of Duncraig, who turned 100 today (April 23).

     

    Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray:

     

    "The WA Seniors Card was the first of its kind in Australia - and today is the most generous in the country.

     

    "The former Minister Kay Hallahan and former Premier Peter Dowding had the good sense to support this important program, following Fred Carden's pioneering work on the concept.

     

    "The card recognises older Australians for the contribution they have made to the State over their lives, providing extra support to help with outings, bills and the cost of living.

     

    "Today there are almost 800 discounts available from a growing list of supporting businesses across the State, as well as many other partnerships across Australia and New Zealand.

     

    "In 1994, the WA Seniors Card program introduced a volunteering program so that seniors could actively participate in the community - one that continues to great success today.

     

    "The McGowan Government's continued support of the WA Seniors Card program will ensure that older people continue to receive the support and assistance they require and deserve."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6400