FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says the Australian Government’s Mobile Service Centre will visit Port Douglas, Laura, Hope Vale, Cooktown and Lakeland in the coming weeks.
“Living in a regional hub, such as Port Douglas, we often need to travel greater distances to access vital government payments and services,” said Mr Entsch, “so this is a way that the Australian Government can bring them to you.
“The Mobile Service Centre is staffed by specialist officers who will provide you with friendly face-to-face-service, information and support tailored to our community’s specific needs.
“In Port Douglas, a staff member from the Australian Taxation Office will also be available to assist individuals and small business owners with assistance regarding tax and superannuation.
“Everyone is welcome, but the visit will be of particular benefit for families, older Australians, students, job seekers, people with disability, carers, farmers and those who are self-employed,” said Mr Entsch.
Assistance will cover a wide range of services including:
Rural payment entitlements for eligible farmers;
Medicare transactions and registrations;
Social work support and referrals;
Conducting a hearing health check / hearing test.
The Mobile Service Centre will be available on:
- Friday 14 August from 9am – 1pm at Port Douglas’ Market Park, Wharf Street;
- Monday 17 August from 10:30am – 3pm at Laura Town Hall, Deighton Road;
- Tuesday 18 August from 9:30am – 4pm at Hope Vale Coffee Shop, Theile Street;
- Wednesday 19 August from 9am – 4pm opposite Cooktown Post Office, Charlotte Street;
- Thursday 20 August from 9am – 1pm near Lakeland Coffee House & Store, Foyster Drive.
For more information visit www.humanservices.gov.au/mobileoffice.