The Andrews Labor Government will provide free public transport to help veterans mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
Minister for Veterans John Eren announced today veterans and war widows will travel for free on regional public transport between August 17-19, and on metropolitan services on August 18.
The free travel arrangements will help members of the veteran community, particularly those from regional areas, attend the Vietnam Veterans Day March and Service at the Shrine of Remembrance.
On Vietnam Veterans Day, free travel will be extended to members of the Australian Defence Force, as well as school students between 9.30am and 2.30pm.
The Labor Government is also helping Victorian schools send students to the special commemorations activities by offering subsidies to help with the costs of travel.
Schools in metropolitan areas can apply for subsidies of up to $500, while regional schools can apply for subsidies of up to $1000.
To be eligible for free travel, veterans and war widows must carry their Department of Veteran’s Affairs Gold or White Card, or Category V Victorian Public Transport Concession Card.
Veterans and war widows can also wear their uniform – including any service medals or ex-service association or returned from active service or war widows badge – to demonstrate their eligibility for free travel.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans John Eren
“Vietnam Veterans Day is a special occasion for so many Victorians. Free public transport is a small gesture of our thanks to those that gave us a great gift.”
“Free public transport will make it easier for people to attend services around Victoria. Subsidies for schools will mean more students will be able to pay their respects and learn about a decisive moment in Australia’s history.”
“Our veterans protected us. It’s our duty to give them the recognition they deserve.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020