$4 million in free go card credit promised last year – but not delivered yet @translinkseq

A four million dollar give-away of credit for public transport, announced in October last year, has not begun yet. The Deputy Premier, Paul Lucas, announced in October that four hundred thousand free Go Cards, each with ten dollars of credit, would be given away this year. No free credit appears to have been given away yet, although Transport Minister Rachel Nolan claimed last week that over seven hundred and fifty thousand Go Cards have already been issued. Based on Government figures, approximately three hundred thousand of these cards have been issued since large price rises in public transport fares were announced last year. It is not clear if people who have already purchased Go Cards will be able to get a refund if the free cards are given away.

While Translink has given away free Go Cards to students at orientation weeks at universities last week, the Translink website does not say these cards have free credit. The Transport Minister’s office did not return a phone call placed on Friday morning asking for further information.

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