We’ve always been open about how ambitious this project is, and how we anticipate any gains will be slow going. Its easy to fixate on where we want to be, but it’s important to take stock of the things achieved so far.
Our last 12 months
- 100% Indigenous owned, operated and staffed
- 5 sustainable employment positions
- 52 weeks of continued employment for 2 staff members
- 1 staff member continually employed for 30 weeks
- 1 person moved from CDP employment to laundry employment
- School based staff member (1)
- 71 washes a week on average since September 2019
- Operation record of 98% (of all of the possible days the laundry could have been operating, it’s been open 98% of the time).
- Community wages have injected $1000 a week into the community (local workers means the $ stays in community)
- ZERO damage to the laundry unit
- Reduction in skin sores
- School engagement to complete health and hygiene education through the laundry
- PHN health messages playing regularly on the screens at the laundry
- Weekly bus to pick up to increase laundry access for vulnerable community members
We have two fully functioning laundries – one in Barunga community (southeast of Katherine NT) which has been operating since February 2019 and the other in Casuarina (Darwin) which opened in November 2020.
We anticipate the roll out of seven more Remote Laundries by the end of 2021.