Golden Wattle brings Centrelink to town
NORTH Burnett residents will have access to Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support this month as Golden Wattle, a mobile service centre, hits our towns to give locals easy access to government services.
Golden Wattle is one of two 20 tonne trucks run by the Department of Human Services that have travelled to more than 4000 communities providing free services.
Staff on board can help with Centrelink claims, Medicare registrations and online services.
A departmental social worker will also be on board to help people in crisis and can provide referrals to counsellors and legal services, as well as assist with financial help.
Minister for Human Services Michael Keenan said Golden Wattle provides 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.
Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said Golden Wattle is travelling to rural and drought-affected areas in Queensland to provide extra support to our community.
"This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with specialist staff,” he said.
"You don't need an appointment, and it's free - so anyone who needs help or has a question should visit the team aboard Golden Wattle next week."
Information about Department of Veterans' Affairs programs and associated support services is also available.
Golden Wattle will be in Biggenden this Thursday, January 17, from 10am to 4pm, located opposite the Commercial Hotel at Victoria St.
The truck will then set up at the following locations.
Gin Gin on Monday, January 21, from 9.30am-3pm, located opposite the Ambulance Station, Mulgrave St.
Monto on Tuesday, January 22, from 9am-3pm, located near the Community Hall, Rutherford St.
Gayndah on Wednesday, January 23, from 9am-4pm, located in front of the Town Hall, Capper St.
Proston on Friday, January 25, from 9.30am-3pm, located opposite the library in Blake St.
For more information call 132 316.