Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp has recommitted today to Labor’s policy to provide free public transport across the Opal network to all school age children.


Mr Crakanthorp is reminding parents of his commitment to more affordable public transport, which will be welcome news for NSW families as they get ready to send their kids back to school.


Families are already struggling with soaring power bills and rising tolls under the NSW Liberals and Nationals. 


Labor’s Fair Fares policy will abolish all Opal charges for children under 16 years of age, or while they remain at school to help families deal with their living costs.


Labor will allow school children to use buses, trains, ferries and trams for free, including on weekends.


Young people across NSW will be able to use free public transport on the Opal network for weekend sport and recreation, and during school holidays, making life easier and reducing the cost of living for local families.


Under the current rules, free travel for school students is limited to a journey to and from school if a student lives a particular distance from their school:

  • Primary school: 1.6km straight line distance or 2.3km walking (or further)
  • Secondary school: 2km straight line distance or 2.9km walking (or further)

These boundaries will not apply to school children travelling on buses, trains, light rail and on ferries throughout the Opal network.


This policy is fully funded and has been costed by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office.


Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp


“We’re going to make it really simple. If your child is at school, their travel on the Opal network will be free all year round.” 

“This is just another way Labor will ease the cost of living for families in Newcastle.”


“The difference is clear Labor will prioritise easing the cost of living for families, the Liberals are prioritising $2.2 billion on Sydney stadiums.”

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