The community of Wadeye in the Northern Territory has benefited from a new remote service centre, officially opened today by Nigel Scullion, Senator for the Northern Territory and Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
The Wadeye Remote Service Centre connects the community of approximately 1600 people to crucial government services, including Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support.
“It’s an honour to be here today to officially open the new Remote Service Centre – which delivers a high-quality service to Wadeye and its surrounding communities,” said Minister Scullion.
“The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring that every Australian – no matter where they live – can easily access health and welfare services.
This building is part of a new Department of Human Services initiative replacing old Remote Service Centres with new, energy efficient modular buildings. The new centre is double the size of the previous office and offers better access to services with a more comfortable, private space, more phones and self-service terminals and state of the art equipment.
“The new centre was built with sustainability front and centre, with energy-efficient fittings, high-grade insulation and photovoltaic solar panels to make the most of the fantastic Northern Territory sunshine.”
The Department of Human Services prioritises the employment of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in remote Indigenous communities, consistent with the Government’s focus on supporting more Indigenous Australians into work.
“It was great to meet Damien and Perpetua today – Wadeye locals and dedicated staff of the remote service centre since 2006.”