People in rural areas who need access to a Centrelink or Medicare personnel are being urged to make use of Department of Human Services Mobile Service Centres. The mobile services are visiting North East Victoria in January and February.
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan said face to face contact with Centrelink and Medicare officers was important for many people. The problem was particularly apparent in the difficulties faced by dairy farmers trying to access Farm Household Assistance.
Ms McGowan has been lobbying the government for more resources for Centrelink to assist dairy farmers with their applications.
“Online services are often difficult to use, especially when there is lack of access to broadband internet or mobile phone coverage,” Ms McGowan said.
“People living in rural areas often have to travel long distances to get to an office to get the face to face service that they need.”
In Indi the Mobile Service Centres will be at the following locations:
- Monday 30 January 2017: Tallangatta, opposite the ANZ Bank, Tawong St 9:30am-3:30pm
- Tuesday 31 January 2017: Mount Beauty Neighbourhood Centre car park, Tennis Court Ave, 9:30am-4pm
- Wednesday 1 February 2017: Dederang, Near Dederang Hall, Kiewa Valley Hwy 9:30am-11.30am
- Wednesday 1 February 2017: Gundowring, Near Gundowring Hall, Quirk Lane, 1pm-4pm
- Thursday 2 February 2017: Euroa Near IGA Supermarket, Brock Street 9:30am-4pm