Desert Rose will be back on the road in Gippsland from next week to give locals easy access to Australian Government services.
The Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the specially equipped truck, operated by the Department of Human Services, would make several stops across Gippsland, including Lakes Entrance, Loch Sport, Woodside, Gormandale and Yarram.
“This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with specialist staff without having to travel long distances to larger regional centres,” Mr Chester said. “Staff on board can help with Centrelink claims, Medicare registrations and online services.
“In fact, Desert Rose is capable of doing everything any bricks and mortar service centre does.
“A social worker will be available on board for the entire trip to provide residents with information, support, and short-term counselling if they’re going through a difficult time.
“Information about Department of Veterans’ Affairs programs and associated support services is also available.
“You don’t need an appointment and it’s free. Anyone who needs help or has a question should see the team aboard Desert Rose when it visits.”
Desert Rose is one of two 20 tonne trucks operated by the Department of Human Services that have travelled over 800,000 kilometres and to more than 4000 communities around Australia.
Staff on board have delivered Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services to almost 140,000 customers since 2016.
Minister for Human Services Michael Keenan said Desert Rose provided tailored support and information to people in rural communities.
“Mobile Service Centres reinforce the Australian Government’s commitment to delivering the best services to all Australians, regardless of where they live,” Mr Keenan said.
Mobile Service Centre locations:
Mirboo North – Tuesday 15 January 9am to 3pm Opposite shire hall, Strzelecki Highway
Lakes Entrance – Wednesday 16 January 9 am to 4 pm Opposite Lakes Toys, The Esplanade
Loch Sport Thursday – 17 January 10.30 am to 4 pm Near The Lodge, Lake Street
Woodside – Friday 18 January 9.30 am to 11.30 am In front of the (landmark) old pub, High Street
Gormandale – Friday 18 January 1 pm to 4 pm Near Gormandale Hall, Hyland Highway
Yarram – Monday 21 January 9.30 am to 4 pm Near Memorial Park, Commercial Road
Foster – Tuesday 22 January 9 am to 4 pm Opposite the visitor information centre, Main Street
Leongatha – Wednesday 23 January 9 am to 3 pm Woolworths car park Smith Street