Since the Remote Laundries project was launched, Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust (GEAT) had been interested in getting laundries of their own. They wanted to find a better way to service the Groote Eylandt community with washing facilities and were impressed by the Remote Laundries project design and management.
As a result, GEAT bought three laundries designated for the East Arnhem Land region, with Angurugu the first to open in 2021. The Bickerton Island laundry opened in 2022 and Umbakumba is scheduled to open in 2023.
The Angurugu Remote Laundries project has been a success from the start. In the first month a crazy 815 cycles were completed, and demand for washing has remained strong. It is clear the people of Angurugu value the laundry and use it a lot.
The laundry employs NINE people and has been a valuable source of jobs creation in the community.
The management model for the Groote Eylandt laundries is different than the Barunga and Casuarina laundries because GEAT owns the laundries and the Remote Laundries project manages operations and staff.
New laundries on Groote Eylandt
The laundry in Angurugu has been running for eight successful months and we’ve learned so much from their unique business model.
Deadly uniforms for Angurugu laundry staff
‘Keep clean keep healthy’ is the slogan for the new uniform for staff working at the Angurugu laundry.
The design was chosen as part of a competition run though the school in Angurugu with the winning design being made into informs.
Laundry staff in Darwin for training
In July 2021 Angurugu laundry staff came to Darwin for training at our Casuarina laundry.
The Casuarina laundry is a fantastic hands on training facility which helps new staff to learn how to operate, maintain and trouble shoot all areas of laundry operation.
Having the Angurugu staff come to Darwin meant they could return to Angurugu and confidently run their own laundry.