The very first Remote Laundries project unit was opened in Barunga in February 2019. For us, the Barunga laundry was a pilot, a test to see if the project could work, but for the people of Barunga it has made a very big difference to their lives. For example since the laundry was installed scabies cases in Barunga have fallen by a whopping 60 per cent.
Employment is one of the key outcomes of each laundry and currently Barunga employs SIX locals. Opportunities for meaningful and ongoing employment in Barunga were few, so it was big news when jobs came up to work in the laundry. Staff turnover is low which we see as proof that the staff value their jobs.
The Barunga laundry is funded entirely by the Northern Territory PHN and we are all grateful for their vision and belief in the potential of the project to improve the quality of life for people living in Barunga.
Opened in 2019, the Barunga laundry was the Remote Laundries pilot program. Four years later, the community cannot imagine life without it.
In 2019 the first Remote Laundries project laundry was installed in the remote Aboriginal community of Barunga in the NT and cases of scabies have been falling ever since.
The data from 2021 shows a 60% drop in the number of cases, and we’re thrilled to see proof our laundries are working!
In the Aboriginal community of Barunga, decisions that affect the whole community are made by its leaders.
The Remote Laundries project started in a Bagala Aboriginal Corporation meeting with community leaders in early 2018.
The group was looking for ways to boost the local economy and met to decide which business ideas would work best in Barunga. The laundry stood out because it could provide jobs and improve the health of the community.