Our Casuarina laundry is an important player in the longevity of the project for three reasons.
First and foremost it offers free washing to people in northern Darwin. It also doubles as a training facility for new laundry staff throughout the NT. Thirdly it offers a hands on experience for partners and funding groups to see the laundry in action.
The Casuarina laundry was opened in November 2020 and employs SIX people.
Since 2021, Dr Gokula Chandran has been visiting our Casuarina laundry. But it’s not just to do his washing. Armed with a coffee or two, Chandran started visiting the laundry and quickly struck up a good relationship with Sam and the team, and they have been friends since.
You may have met Sam Autio through our Remote Laundries project stories or when visiting our Casuarina laundry. Sam is quintessentially the ‘right person for the job’. Sam’s been with the laundry since it opened in 2020 and he has been instrumental in its success.
His quiet demeanour beneath his towering stature sets the tone for a warm and engaging space, where respect is offered and given in return.
The AIG office was buzzing this morning in anticipation of a visit by his Excellency, Governor-General David Hurley.
Before he arrived Steve the CEO pulled the team together explained it was the job of everyone to make sure the Governor-General walked away from his visit knowing how passionate we are about the project – and that’s exactly what we did.