FROM January next year WA pensioner concession cardholders will have their free travel entitlements managed digitally by Transwa.
The new system will replace travel vouchers currently sent out with concession cards from Centrelink and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Travel entitlements will remain the same, including pensioner free travel. Concession cardholders and WA Gold Health cardholders will still be able to claim a 50 percent concession on all Transwa services.
A Transwa spokesperson said that registering now would help avoid disappointment by leaving proposed travel bookings too late. Travel for 2020 can be booked from October 3. Registration for the new system can be done online or via a printed form, and must include a scanned copy of both sides of concession card/s.
The Denmark and Mount Barker Community Resource centres can both assist with registration. Denmark CRC manager Petra Thompson said that many over-50s were at risk of becoming isolated electronically, and the centre could provide personal support with enrolment and working through the registration process.
Mt Barker CRC manager Martine Meinen said that ongoing free assistance was also available for people aged over 50, with computer coaching and understanding digital devices.