Desert Rose visiting Murrurundi, Merriwa and Denman

THE Australian Government Mobile Service Centre Desert Rose is visiting parts of rural New South Wales, including the Upper Hunter, to offer locals easy access to government payments and services.

Desert Rose will drop into:

* Murrurundi on Friday, July 21, from 9.30am to 3.30pm, located near Wilson Memorial Park on Mayne Street;

* Merriwa on Monday, July 24, from 9.30am to 4pm, located in front of the Fitzroy Hotel on Bettington Street; and 

* Denman on Tuesday, July 25, from 9am to 2.30pm, located adjacent to the Royal Hotel on Palace Street

The Mobile Service Centre offers a wide range of services to meet the changing needs of rural and regional communities. 

Desert Rose is staffed by experienced specialist officers who provide friendly face-to-face service, information and support tailored to each community.

As part of this trip, a social worker from the Department of Human Services can assist with offering short-term counselling and referrals to support services, and a staff member from the Australian Taxation Office will be available to assist with general taxation enquiries.

As well, an Australian Hearing staff member will be present at the Murrurundi stop to offer free hearing health checks and information.

Staff can help with:

* New claims for a wide range of Centrelink payments;

* Updating customer information;

* Confirming customer documents and supporting information;

* Information on how financial matters may impact on Centrelink payments;

* Payment and service options to suit individual circumstances;

* Rural payment entitlements for eligible farmers;

* Non-cash Medicare transactions;

* Medicare registrations;

* Information on Child Support payment and service options;

* Specialist support and referrals;

* Support with and access to self-service facilities;

* Free hearing health checks; and

* Advice and information for individuals and small businesses about tax and superannuation.

For itineraries and more information, visit or phone 132 316.