Australian Government Mobile Service Centres, including the ‘Desert Rose’, are hitting the road in the next fortnight to give people through the Riverina and Murray region easier access to essential government payments and services.

The travelling outreach service shortens the distance between rural and regional communities and government services, visiting nearly 400 towns across the country and helping up to 10,000 people every year.

The ‘Desert Rose’ is a heavy vehicle transport unit set up as an office, custom-built with the same technology as any other Service Centre, to deliver Medicare or Centrelink payments and services – it is wheelchair accessible and includes access to self-service facilities.

Federal Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley said there is “a soundproof room for free hearing health checks, details on rural payment entitlements for eligible farmers, child support payment and service options as well as specialist support and referrals”.

“Two of these travelling service centres will shortly visit Rankins Springs, Goolgowi, Hillston, Euston/Robinvale, Ivanhoe, Hay, Balranald and Barellan.”

“I encourage anyone who needs to access one or more of these government services to come along and visit when it comes to your community”, Ms Ley said.

The local itinerary 20th to 26th October is below, with further information or details available here or call 132 316.

Rankins Springs
Friday 20 October
9.30am to 12noon
Near the War Memorial Hall on the Mid Western Highway, Rankin Springs

Friday 20 October
1.30pm to 4pm –  Near Pioneer Park on Cobram Street, Goolgowi

Monday 23 October
10am to 3pm – In front of Memorial Park on High Street, Hillston

Tuesday 24 October
10am to 4pm –  located near the CFA Building, Bromley Road, Robinvale

Tuesday 24 October
10.30am to 3pm – Near the War Memorial on Columbus Street, Ivanhoe

Wednesday 25 October
9am to 3.30pm
In front of the Community Hub on Lachlan Street, Hay

Wednesday 25 October
9am to 4pm – located near Greenham Park, Church Street, Balranald

Thursday 26 October
9.30am to 2pm – Adjacent to the Commercial Hotel on Yapunyah Street, Barellan