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    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Queensland seniors nab egg-citing Easter discounts

    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Saturday, March 26, 2016

    Queensland seniors nab egg-citing Easter discounts

    Queensland seniors will benefit from discounts at more than 6,200 retailers across the state over the Easter break thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Seniors Business Discount Scheme.

    Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government understood the impact that cost of living pressures could have on older Queenslanders, especially around holiday periods.

    “The Easter long weekend and school holiday period can be very stressful for Queenslanders who are stretching their budgets to enjoy some of the cheer,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

    “We know that holiday expenses can add up quickly, which is why this Easter we are encouraging seniors to take full advantage of the discounts available through the Seniors Card or Seniors Business Discount Card.

    “Savings can be nabbed on everything from goods and services to accommodation and holiday attractions. Some discounts are even extended interstate.”

    Mrs O’Rourke said there were almost 800,000 Seniors Card, Seniors Card +go, Seniors Business Discount Card and Carer Business Discount Card holders in the State who could benefit from discounts.

    “Each year we process around 40,000 new cardholder applications, and expect this number to increase over the next decade due to our ageing population,” she said.

    “Queensland Seniors Card holders may also be eligible to access Queensland Government concessions on costs such as electricity, public transport and long distance rail fares.

    “In 2015-16, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services will administer $242.9 million in concessions and rebates to eligible households, to help ease the financial pressures on seniors.

    “Seniors have contributed their working lives to our state, building our economy, communities and families, and it’s only right that we support them into their retirement.”

    Mrs O’Rourke said the Seniors Cards and Queensland Government concessions would complement the Government’s new seniors strategy ‘Queensland: an age-friendly community’, by financially supporting seniors to be more involved in the community.

    “An age-friendly community encourages people of all ages to take part in community activities, and to treat people with respect, regardless of their age – the Seniors Cards and concessions will help them to do just that.”

    To see the full list of the core pensioner concessions, discounts and shopping services visit www.qld.gov.au/seniors/.

    Media Contact:                                  Minister O’Rourke’s office                  3719 7184