Desert Rose continues through WA’s wheatbelt


Desert Rose is continuing through the Wheatbelt to give locals easy access to government services.

Staff on board have delivered Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services to almost 150,000 customers since 2006.

Desert Rose is one of two 20 tonne trucks run by the Department of Human Services which have travelled over 900,000 kilometres and to more than 4,900 communities.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said Desert Rose 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 Porter said.

“These trucks are purpose-built to replicate a service centre, complete with the latest technology.”

Mr Porter said the services offered by the friendly team on Desert Rose will be welcomed by locals as it travels through his electorate over the coming weeks.

“Staff on board Desert Rose can help locals with Centrelink claims, Medicare registrations and online services,” Mr Porter said.

“Locals can access short-term counselling and referrals from the departmental social worker on Desert Rose, as well as information about Department of Veterans’ Affairs programs and support services.

“This kind of specialist service is great for people living in our region. You don’t need an appointment for this service and it’s free – so I encourage anyone who needs help or has a question to visit the team on board Desert Rose.”

Desert Rose will finish its trip through Western Australia following its stop in Southern Cross on Tuesday 3 September.