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EDA veterans to travel for free on public transport

VETERANS living with extreme disablement will soon be able to travel for free on public transport services across Queensland.

Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said from January 1, 2013 veterans who held a Commonwealth Veterans' Affairs Repatriation Health Card-for All Conditions (Gold) which was embossed EDA (Extreme Disablement Adjustment) would be able to apply for a travel pass.

"The current free travel pass is already available to totally and permanently incapacitated veterans and will now be extended to EDA veterans," Mr Bennett said.

"This closes a loophole for about 2300 veterans aged over 65 living in Queensland and will help more diggers get out into the wider community and will relieve cost of living pressures.

"Providing them with access to free public transport will also increase their well-being and quality of life.

"Eligible veterans will be entitled to travel for free on TransLink bus, rail and ferry services in south-east Queensland (excluding Airtrain) and urban bus and ferry services in regional Queensland."

Mr Bennett also said the free travel for EDA veterans brings Queensland into line with other states, and cost the Queensland Government $146,000.

"This is just one of the many ways that the Queensland Government is working to make public transport the choice for all users."

Eligible veterans must apply for a travel pass to access the concessions with information available at http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au.



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