Essential concessions to continue for state’s pensioners

QUEENSLAND retirees will continue to receive concessions on energy, water and transport under budget measures announced in July by the Palaszczuk government.

Concessions of up to $710 are available for eligible pensioners and discounts of 50% will be available for car registration and public transport fares.

The state government has allocated $347 million to fund the concessions.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the state was covering a $52-million shortfall after the federal government cut its funding to the pensioner scheme.

The 2015-16 electricity rebate remains at $321; the natural gas scheme increases to $69.

A $200 concession is available on rates and $120 on water.

Pensioners are also eligible for four free long distance rail trips each year.


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