The State Member for Upper Hunter has said he will continue to fight for the reinstatement of the Regional Seniors Travel Card. 

The $250 card provided a much-needed boost to the travel budget of seniors across the Hunter, allowing them to complete daily tasks like attending medical appointments or visiting family and friends. 

The card has since been scrapped in the current NSW budget, leaving many feeling left behind. 

Dave Layzell says a petition debate held on Monday advocating for the return of the vital resource was gagged in Parliament. 

“At the end of the day, there is one Government in charge at the moment and they are the ones who make the decision on  the card and they are the ones who’ve decided to cut the card, so were saying to them ‘reverse that decision’ because it is a popular card that does a lot for the community.” 

He says he will continue to present the matter to Parliament next year, saying the needs of our seniors should no longer be ignored. 

“The enormous good this card does for our community means that we will continue to fight for our seniors.”