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Cheaper travel for north coast seniors.



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Larry Anthony MP Minister for Community Services - Federal Member for Richmond

Cheaper travel for north coast seniors 30 October 2001

Member for Richmond and Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony today welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement that the Liberal/National Government will commit $19 million to make travel cheaper for older Australians.

"Local seniors have been approaching me on this issue for a long time and I am pleased we will deliver for them.

"The Coalition will provide $19 million over four years to fund reciprocal transport concessions to enable state government Seniors Card holders to travel at concessional rates in any state or territory.

"This will benefit seniors across Australia, but particularly those on the North Coast who cross the border as a part of their everyday life. Until now it has been much cheaper for them to travel to Sydney than Brisbane.

"As a result of this initiative, their New South Wales Seniors Card will entitle them to concessional travel in Queensland. This represents a great saving for them.

"This commitment will assist seniors to enjoy an active life, allowing them to maximise participation in their local communities," Mr Anthony said.