QLD seniors get transport and household savings

More South-East Queensland seniors are saving on public transport and household expenses, with 200,000 combined seniors cards and go cards handed out to older commuters.


Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke met 200,000th 'Seniors Card +go' card holder Sandra Greenfield in Brisbane this week, to hear about the benefits and discounts the card was providing.


“We know getting out and about in the community can be a challenge for seniors, and we want to do everything we can to make that easier,” Mrs O’Rourke said.


“That’s why the combined Seniors Card +go is so valuable, because it makes travel cheaper for seniors, and also provides discounts on things like electricity, registration, optical and dental.


"This card is convenient, easy to get, and easy to use, so older people can get out and live their lives to the fullest, with less worry about the impact on their hip pocket.”


Cardholder Sandra Greenfield, 71, from Auchenflower said the Seniors Card +go would help her use public transport more.


“I see my friends using buses, trains, ferries and trams and it seems very relaxed and an easy way to get around,” she said.


“I’m also looking forward to the other discounts on offer, such as with my local hairdresser.


“My friends say it’s really easy to use and you just have to ask business owners if they offer a discount to seniors.”


Mrs O’Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to assisting low income seniors, pensioners and veterans meet day-to-day cost of living expenses.


“We know that every dollar counts for older Queenslanders and this is why we have a range of concessions in place to help ease some of the pressures on those in need,” she said.


“I encourage more seniors to get on board with these savings and apply for a Seniors Card.”


Seniors Card +go card was established in 2010 combining the go card and Seniors Card.


The combined card offers all the savings of a Seniors Card with a go card on the reverse side for travel on buses, trains, ferries and trams on the TransLink South East Queensland network.


Customers with a Seniors Card +go card get a 50 per cent discount off the adult fare and, after the first two journeys in one day, all travel on that day is free.


To apply for a Seniors Card +go, call 13 QGOV (13 74 68), or see www.qld.gov.au/seniorscard, or visit a Queensland Government service counter.


30 May 2017.