Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.


Wednesday November 25, 2015

For the first time local senior and pensioner customers will be able to get a Gold Opal card on the spot at the Opal kiosk located at Penrith Train Station from November to January 2016.


Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said that with the majority of paper tickets for public transport being phased out on 1 January 2016, it is time to make the switch to Opal.


“With more than 2,000 Opal retailers and now 40 brand new Opal kiosks at key transport hubs and at major shopping centres, getting an Adult, Child/Youth or Senior/Pensioner Opal card has never been easier,” Stuart Ayres said.


The Pensioner Excursion Ticket is one of the tickets that will no longer be sold from 1 January and seniors or pensioners can get their Gold Opal card at one of the Opal kiosks.


“To help customers get a card, Transport for NSW is setting up information kiosks at transport hubs, so Adults, Children/Youth and Seniors/Pensioners can now pick up their card at sites including Penrith Station,” Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said


Opal staff will be on hand to explain how the card works and help eligible customers apply for a Gold card and walk away with a Gold Opal if their application is successful.


From today, customers can get the following cards from Opal kiosks in their district:

  • Adult Opal card – minimum $20 via credit or debit card - no cash and no top ups
  • Child/Youth Opal card – minimum $10 via credit or debit card - no cash and no top ups
  • Gold Opal card – apply and then either place no value on card or a minimum $2.50 via credit or debit card – no cash and no top ups.

To apply for a Gold Opal card, seniors and pensioners do not need a credit card at the kiosk, just an eligibility card - NSW Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession card, or DVA NSW War Widow/ers card.


“We’ve had about 200,000 pensioners and seniors signing up to the Gold Opal card since we announced the phasing out of most paper tickets three months ago,” Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said.


“The Gold Opal card has many benefits including the same $2.50 all day travel currently available with a Pensioner Excursion Ticket,” said Stuart Ayres.


Tanya Davies said customers can always be ready to travel by adding value to their card at one of the 2,000 retailers, many top up machines at stations, over the phone, online or at eight Service NSW centres.


To find out where and when your nearest Opal kiosk will be operating at transport hubs and major shopping centres go to opal.com.au


Kiosks will be operating at various transport locations between 9 November to 11 December and again in the first week of January 2016. 


Opal Kiosks will be at Penrith Station between 23-27 November, 30 November and 4 December, 7-11 December as well as 4-8 January. Kiosks are open Monday to Wednesday between 9am-12pm, on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3.30-6.30pm and on Sundays from 9am-12pm.