Bundy residents encouraged to reap Seniors Card rewards

BUNDABERG seniors are being encouraged to take advantage of discounts available at more than 300 local retailers under the popular Seniors Business Discount Card.

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said a recent surge in applications meant more than 100,000 Queensland seniors were benefiting from the discounts, which ranged from travel packages to restaurants and electrical goods.

"New stats show a record number of Queensland seniors are taking advantage of the discounts available under the Seniors Business Discount Card, and I encourage Bundaberg seniors to get on board," Ms Donaldson said.

"Each month, across the state, we receive around 150 new applications, but in June we received more than 400 - which shows just how popular this card has become," she said.

"Any Bundaberg resident over the age of 60, irrespective of their job status, is eligible for a Seniors Business Discount Card, which means it's never been easier to nab a bargain.

"To use the card, look for a Seniors Card sticker on a shop window or at point of sale, or simply ask the person behind the counter."

Seniors Minister Coralee O'Rourke said the objective of the card aligned with the Palaszczuk Government's new Queensland: an age-friendly community strategy.

"An age-friendly community ensures people are free from age-related barriers that prevent them from participating in all aspects of community life," Mrs O'Rourke said.

"This strategy has set the platform for a whole of government vision to create a community in which older people are valued, respected and have every opportunity to be involved.

"We understand the impact that cost of living pressures can have on older Queenslanders, and the Seniors Business Discount Card is helping us to improving their social and economic participation."

Businesses and seniors can register interest for the scheme at the website www.qld.gov.au/seniorscard or by phoning 13 74 68.

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