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Seniors Card signs up its millionth member

Seniors Card signs up its millionth member

28 Nov 2011

In November the Seniors Card program celebrated a major milestone, signing up its millionth member. Almost 20 years after its introduction, the Seniors Card program is continuing to grow strongly with 5,000 members signing up each month and 2,100 businesses now participating across NSW.

The program aims to provide retired and semi-retired seniors with opportunities to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle once they’re no longer working full time.

The free card helps achieve this by entitling members to numerous special offers and commercial discounts from participating businesses, NSW Government funded travel concessions including all day train, bus and ferry travel for $2.50, plus discounts on private buses.

On 11 November, Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance joined New Zealand Consul-General, Mr Martin Welsh, in signing a reciprocal agreement with the New Zealand Government that will expand the benefits of the Seniors Card.

This new agreement will enable NSW seniors to access commercial discounts with participating businesses in New Zealand. Commercial discounts are also offered to New Zealanders travelling to NSW; these discounts exclude public transport.

According to the millionth Seniors Card member, Sue Brockway, the reciprocal arrangement with New Zealand is great news.

"We do plan to do a little bit of travel and the fact you can use it around Australia is great. New Zealand is on our wish list too!" Mrs Brockway said.

Mrs Brockway said applying for the Seniors Card was one of the first things she did when she retired recently.

If you know someone who could benefit from the Seniors Card, encourage them to sign up on the Seniors Card website or by calling 1300 364 758.

The benefits of the Seniors Card was recently highlighted on A Current Affair, the story can be viewed on the ACA website.

 

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