Mobile centre to visit Booyal, Cordalba and Woodgate
THE Australian Government Mobile Service Centre Desert Pea will hit the road to give people in the Bundaberg region easy access to essential government payments and services in April.
Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge said the Mobile Service Centre would visit Booyal, Cordalba and Woodgate to offer Centrelink and Medicare payments and services, child support information and hearing health checks.
“We are pleased to bring the Mobile Service Centre to Central Queensland,” Mr Tudge said.
“The Mobile Service Centre is a travelling outreach service that shortens the distance between rural and regional communities and government services. In 2015, the centres travelled 92,000 kilometres across the country, visited 480 towns in rural and regional areas, and directly helped over 700 people affected by large scale disasters.”
Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the Mobile Service Centres ensured people in rural communities were connected with the latest government services.
“Desert Pea is a truck set up as an office, custom-built with the same technology as any other service centre that delivers Medicare or Centrelink payments and services, including access to self-service facilities. It is wheelchair accessible and has a soundproof room where staff can conduct free hearing health checks,” Mr Pitt said.
“This trip will include a social worker on board, and a staff member from the Australian Taxation Office will also be available to assist individuals and small business taxpayers with advice and information about tax and superannuation.
“I encourage local residents to come along and visit the Mobile Service Centre while it is in your area.”
MOBILE SERVICE: Making the service available to families living in regional areas.