Mobile services coming to rural NSW communities
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
The Coalition Government has reaffirmed its commitment to rural and regional Australians with the Mobile Service Centre, Golden Wattle, coming to Central West and North West regions later this month.
Mobile Service Centres provide personalised access to government services, delivering Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services to rural Australians.
Introduced under the Howard Government, Mobile Service Centres have delivered services to over 130,000 rural Australians and have travelled more than 700,000 kilometres in their decade on the road.
Minister for Human Services Michael Keenan said the Mobile Service Centres provide critical information, assistance and support to rural and regional Australians.
“The Mobile Service Centres reinforce the Coalition’s commitment to deliver the best service possible to all Australians, regardless of where they live,” Minister Keenan said.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said staff on board can help with a range of services, including lodging Centrelink claims, Medicare registrations, providing access to online services, and offering free hearing health checks.
“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,” Mr Coulton said.
Member for Calare Andrew Gee welcomed Golden Wattle’s visit to Central West communities.
“This is a great opportunity for our community to come down and meet face-to-face with the specialist staff. You don’t need an appointment, and it’s a free service,” Mr Gee said.
Mobile Service Centre locations:
Coolah Tuesday 30 January 9.30 am to 3.30 pm In front of the Council Chambers, Binnia Street, Coolah.
Pilliga Wednesday 31 January 10.00 am to 3.00 pm Near the Community Link Centre, Dangar Street, Pilliga.
Mungindi Thursday 1 February 10.00 am to 2.30 pm In front of the Rural Transaction Centre, St George Street, Mungindi.