Monday May 18, 2015
Tanya Davies MP, Member for Mulgoa, is delighted that the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance MP is encouraging seniors and pensioners to take up the benefits of the Gold Opal card, announcing they would be able to get their card at pop up kiosks between now and July at shopping centres across the State.
Over the next seven weeks, Opal kiosks will be open at the following locations where seniors and pensioners can get on the Gold Opal bandwagon:
Opal staff at the pop up kiosks will help customers apply for their Gold Opal card. All they need to bring along is their valid NSW Seniors card, Pensioner Concession card or NSW War Widow/er card.
Tanya met with St Clair couple, Peter and Laraine Kish, who have been using the Gold Opal card since it was introduced earlier this year, and they are strong supporters of it.
“This is a super idea. The old Pensioner Excursion Tickets (PET) was really good to have but this is much better” said Peter Kish.
“You don’t have to carry loose change with you all the time just to make sure you can get a PET. This Gold Opal card idea is great” said Laraine Kish.
“Eventually the PETs will need to be phased out and we want this important group of customers to be ready for when that time comes”, Mr Constance said.
Seniors and pensioners can also get a Gold Opal card by calling 13 67 25 (13 OPAL) or visiting the Opal website at www.opal.com.au. It takes only minutes to apply and about one week for the card to be mailed out to the customer.
Meanwhile, seniors and pensioners can choose to simply link their Opal card to their credit or debit card and set it to auto top up to never queue again when travelling, or they can also choose to manually top up the Gold Opal card with a minimum of $2.50 cash at the following retail stores in the Mulgoa electorate:
7-Eleven Outlet, Mulgoa Road Regentville
7-Eleven Outlet, St Clair Shopping Centre, Endeavor Avenue, St Clair
CTC Tobacconist, St Clair Shopping Centre, Endeavor Avenue, St Clair
BP Petrol Station, Elizabeth Drive, Kemps Creek
BP Petrol Station, The Horsley Drive, Horsley Park
BP Petrol Station, Cowpasture Road Hoxton Park
Wallacia Newsagency, 1 Park Road, Wallacia
Mag’s News Newsagency, Shop 8, Glenmore Park Town Centre
King of the Pack Tobacconist, Shop 5, Glenmore Park Town Centre
FoodWorks, Stockdale Crescent, Abbotsbury
West Hoxton Newsagency, Fifteenth Avenue, West Hoxton
Customers can also top up by calling 13 OPAL or at the website. The minimum top up online or over the phone is $10.
There are now 30 Opal top up machines at train stations and more will be rolled out during the year.
The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government completed the rollout of Opal across the network last year, with around 2.8 million cards now issued.