The Regional Seniors Travel Card is a $250 prepaid VISA card designed to ease the burden of travel costs for eligible seniors in rural, regional and remote areas including the Cootamundra electorate.
Increased funding will allow the card to be extended from 2022 to additional seniors in the regions, including people of Age Pen-sion age who receive either a Disability Pension or a Carers Payment from Services Australia.
Seniors across regional NSW have benefited from the initial two-year travel card trial, with 337,500 cards issued in 2020 and more than 330,000 cards issued to regional seniors so far in 2021.
The Regional Seniors Travel card has provided a significant boost to businesses across the regions.
From 2022, eligible applicants will include seniors of age pension age with:
• A valid Pensioner Concession Card
• A Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
• A Disability Pension or a Carers Payment from Services Australia
• A Service Pension issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs
• A Disability Pension through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
• A War Widow Pension issued by the De-partment of Veterans Affairs Applications for 2022 cards will open in the New Year for the expanded list of eligible applicants.
Applications for the card can be made on-line at www.service.nsw.gov.au, by calling 13 77 88 or by visiting a Service NSW Service Centre.
TAFE NSW will expand access to local train-ing opportunities with the installation of contemporary digitally enabled virtual teaching and learning spaces at campuses in Cootamundra, Cowra, Temora and Young. TAFE NSW campuses at Cootamundra, Cowra and Temora will be fitted with four state-of-the art digitally enabled learning spaces, designed to link local students with a state-wide network of industry qualified TAFE NSW teachers.
TAFE NSW Young will also receive funding to install a virtual delivery space, designed to enable teachers and industry experts to train students located around the state via a virtual classroom.
As part of the investment, a number of specialist facilities across NSW will be up-graded, including workshops, kitchens, and laboratories which will be fitted with tech-nology and equipment to support practical demonstrations. Construction of 200 connected facilities will commence in coming months.
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