$106m for fuel-card scheme

Pilbara News - - News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

El­i­gi­ble coun­try age pen­sion­ers will con­tinue to ben­e­fit from the Coun­try Age Pen­sion Fuel Card, as ad­di­tional fund­ing has been pro­vided.

The State Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced it will in­vest an­other $106 mil­lion to ex­tend the scheme for a fur­ther three years through Roy­al­ties for Re­gions.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said the scheme was es­tab­lished to help re­gional pen­sion­ers who did not have ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port.

“The scheme helps more than 52,000 re­gional pen­sion­ers who need to travel to see a doc­tor, par­tic­i­pate in com­mu­nity groups and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, or just catch up with fam­ily and friends,” he said.

“The scheme was es­tab­lished to help re­gional pen­sion­ers who don’t have ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port, cover the costs of get­ting around and ac­cess­ing ser­vices that are often a long way from their homes.

“El­i­gi­ble pen­sion­ers are pro­vided with a fuel card to the value of $575 to pur­chase fuel or taxi fares in 2016-17.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Bill Marmion said the scheme had a pos­i­tive im­pact for the in­di­vid­ual and the whole com­mu­nity.

In June, there were more than 52,000 fuel cards in re­gional WA, of which more than $24.7 mil­lion was spent on fuel and taxis be­tween 2015 and 2016.

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