OPINION: Free bus travel for seniors in off-peak periods

OPINION: Seniors Week is a celebration of the valuable contribution seniors make to the Gold Coast and encourages community participation, activity and inclusion.

Our seniors are active, vital and productive members of the community who play a crucial role in the wellbeing of our city, with residents aged over 65 contributing to all facets of community life - in the workplace, arts, as carers, volunteers, neighbours, family members and friends.

The City of Gold Coast is proud to support seniors through a range of initiatives, including: pensioner rate rebates, Council Cabs, active and healthy programs and specially designed library services.

This support has also been extended to free bus travel for Gold Coast seniors.

Providing affordable transport options for seniors has been a key initiative of the City.

That is why we have partnered with the Queensland Government to deliver free bus travel for seniors during off-peak periods.

At the time of writing this message, over 22,000 seniors are taking advantage of this trial and travelling for free on Surfside buses between 8.30am-3.30pm, Monday to Friday across the Gold Coast.

With the continued support of the Gold Coast seniors community we hope this trial will continue as a long-term affordable transport option.

To apply, seniors can download an application form from the City's website at cityofgoldcoast.com.au /freeseniorstravel, email freeseniorstravel@ goldcoast.qld.gov.au, visit a City of Gold Coast Customer Contact Centre or phone 1300 Gold Coast (1300 694 222) for more.

Don't forget I will host the Mayor's Seniors Week Variety Concert on Thursday, August 20, to give thousands of Gold Coast seniors an extensive program of entertainment.

See you there!

Tom Tate, Mayor

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