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Clean clothes equals happier families in Alpurrurulam

Date posted: 27 July 2012

Minister for Indigenous Health and member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, and Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy, have announced that families in Alpurrurulam, Lake Nash, will soon have access to a community laundry facility.

Mr Snowdon said up to $300,000 dollars would be provided for the facility, an initiative which is also supported by Barkly Shire Council.

'Keeping kids in clean clothes is important, it can help prevent skin diseases, as well as contribute towards cleaner living, which can reduce the incidence of eye and ear diseases,' he said.

'Healthy kids are naturally going to do better at school, and that will affect the rest of their lives.'

Mr Snowdon said the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and the General Practice Network NT (Northern Territory) is providing six industrial washing machines to be installed in the dedicated community facility at Lake Nash.

'The GP Network NT will continue to develop the Skin disease and community wellness preventative health initiative and will use the new washing machines as part of its service delivery, education and community support program,' Mr Snowdon said.

Mr McCarthy welcomed the decision and said the laundry would be a valuable addition to the remote town, located 600km east of Tennant Creek.

'The 800-odd people in the community of Alpurrurulam will be healthier and happier because of the benefits brought by this new laundry,' he said.

Mr McCarthy said diseases like scabies, otitis media and trachoma could also be prevented by keeping clean and washing faces and ears.

Source: Minister for Indigenous Health and NT Member for Barkly


Office of the Minister for Indigenous Health
Ph: (02) 6277 7820


Last updated: 27 July 2012
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