Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
Fuel Card Reaches 30,000 Pensioners
Victor P Taffa
The State Government’s Country Age Pension Fuel Card Scheme reached a significant milestone today, following the release of the 30,000th Fuel Card.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls today presented the 30,000th card and a memento of the occasion to Valerie Regan at Australia Post in Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Mrs. Regan said she was delighted to receive her Country Age Pension Fuel Card and told the Minister it would provide welcome help for her to get around as she suffers from arthritis.
“Mrs. Regan relies heavily on her daughter to help her get to and from appointments, collect shopping and visit friends and family.” Mr. Grylls said.
“It is great to see the benefits of the scheme first hand and I look forward to many other eligible pensioners applying for the card and receiving the $500 credit for fuel or taxi fares.”
The scheme’s expansion, announced this May, means the card could reach up to 43,000 people by the end of the year.
“Fuel card and call centre service provider Retail Decisions, transaction provider Australia Post and the Department of Transport have worked hard to ensure existing card holders received their new cards in July.” Mr. Grylls said.
“Some new applicants like Mrs. Regan are already enjoying the benefits and I encourage anyone who hasn’t applied to do so as soon as possible.”
Country Pensioners who receive Centrelink Age Pension; Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Service Pension; DVA Social Security Age Pension; DVA Income Support Supplement Pension; Centrelink Disability Support, Carer Payment, Widow B and Wife Pension, should visit their local Australia Post outlets to apply.