Victorian seniors keen to take part in the Victorian Seniors Festival are being offered free public transport throughout the event.
Seniors Card holders can travel for free on metropolitan trains, trams and busses, including V/Line services from 5 – 12 October.
Public Transport Terry Mulder said that seniors must remember to carry their Victorian Seniors Card with them while travelling to be eligible for the free journey and must be able to present it to public transport staff on request.
“Seniors travelling with a seniors myki card can continue to touch on and off, even during the free travel period, and they will automatically be charged $0.00,” Mr Mulder said.
Free economy class travel is available on V/Line train and coach services on Tuesday 7, Wednesday 8, Thursday 9 and Saturday 11 October, and Sunday 12 October.
Reservations are required on long distance V/Line services to and from Albury, Bairnsdale, Swan Hill, Shepparton and Warrnambool. For reservations, call 1800 800 007. Seniors wishing to travel First Class will need to pay for a concession fare.
“Free travel will enable seniors to join in around 1,500 events held across the state during Victorian Seniors Festival,” Mr Mulder said.
The festival includes everything from morning teas to choral concerts, to health and wellbeing events, to films, tours and classes.
“As well as free travel, there are also a range of benefits available for Victorian Seniors Card holders on public transport services in Victoria, including concession travel, free weekend travel in two adjacent zones and off-peak travel vouchers,” Mr Mulder said.
Minister for Ageing David Davis encouraged seniors to get involved in the festival, and organise their week in advance to make the most of their time.
“The Victorian Seniors Festival celebrates the many men and women, aged 60 and over, who give so much to Victorian communities,” Mr Davis said.
“The festival recognises the valuable contribution that seniors make to our community and highlights the benefits of ageing well and keeping active, healthy and involved in the community.
“Whatever your passion, whether it’s music, the arts, sports or learning, there is sure to be something for every Victorian senior during the festival.
Festival programs are available from any Coles store, local library, neighbourhood or community house, council office or information centre, or U3A premises.
For a full calendar of events, seniors can also visit www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au or call Seniors Information Victoria on 1300
For more information on free travel during the festival or to plan your journey, seniors can visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au or call Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 (6am – midnight daily).