State Government denies calls to rollover unspent country fuel funds

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Colin Holt MLC member for the South West Region with the leader of The Nationals WA Mia Davies MLA.
Camera IconColin Holt MLC member for the South West Region with the leader of The Nationals WA Mia Davies MLA. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Calls from the Nationals WA to roll over unspent funds from Country Age Pension Fuel Cards have been shot down by the WA Government, which is urging cardholders to use their credit before the end of the financial year.

It is understood 54,000 pensioners across regional WA use the cards, which provide up to $575 of support annually to cover fuel costs, taxis and other forms of transport.

South West MLC Colin Holt said after months of intrastate travel restrictions, many cardholders had not been able to make use of all their funds.

“Country Age Pension Fuel Cards provide vital assistance for transport costs so regional pensioners can stay mobile and connected in their communities,” Mr Holt said.

“This rollover could leave a few extra dollars in the pockets of the cardholders to spend locally at small businesses in Albany and travel around the State.”

But Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said most travel restrictions were lifted as of May 29, which left “ample time” for cardholders to get out and explore their region.

“We would encourage anyone with a Country Age Pension Fuel Card to use what’s left on their card in coming weeks to travel locally, visit local shops, cafes and restaurants, and help the State on its pathway to economic recovery,” she said.

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