At long last pensioners living in the Clarence Valley and other parts of rural and regional NSW are about to receive some sort of equity with their counterparts who reside in Sydney and its hinterland.
The Daily Examiner (3/1/2008) reports:
North Coast Busways customers will be able to buy $2.50 Regional Excursion Daily (RED) tickets from tomorrow.
RED tickets will provide pensioners with unlimited travel within the local route bus network. They will be sold by bus drivers.
People with a valid Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card, NSW Seniors card or a War Widowers card are eligible for the tickets.
Contact South Grafton Busways depot on 6642 2954 for more details.
Why, one must ask, has it taken the NSW Government so long to extend to the pensioners of rural and regional NSW bus travel concessions that have been available for what seems like donkey's years in the Sydney metropolitan area and more recently in the area that stretches from the Hunter, via the Blue Mountains, to the Illawarra?