Street laun­dry ser­vice

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CHAR­ITY Or­ange Sky has launched a new mo­bile laun­dry van in Perth to help peo­ple liv­ing on the streets.

The van, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s first in Perth to have a laun­dry and shower ser­vice, was un­veiled at Tay­lor Re­serve in Victoria Park last week and will ser­vice Kwinana, Rock­ing­ham, Man­durah, Ar­madale and Wil­lagee.

The State Gov­ern­ment, through Lot­tery­west and the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion, pro­vided $140,000.

Or­ange Sky co-founder Nic March­esi said the ser­vice was not just about the laun­dry and show­ers but the con­ver­sa­tions peo­ple could have.

“Our key aim is to con­nect the com­mu­nity and we have six or­ange chairs that al­low us the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with peo­ple,” he said.

“We never op­er­ate alone; we work with ser­vice providers such as food vans, coun­selling ser­vices, drop-in cen­tres and we com­ple­ment their ser­vices.”

Wa­ter Min­is­ter Dave Kelly said home­less­ness was an is­sue not only in WA but around the coun­try.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate that de­spite the ser­vices that are around, there are peo­ple who find them­selves home­less,” he said.

“It’s a prob­lem that we haven’t man­aged to re­solve, de­spite the ef­forts of gov­ern­ments and not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“This ser­vice is very much needed.”

Or­ange Sky co-founder Nic March­esi and Wa­ter Min­is­ter Dave Kelly.

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