Orange Sky is embarking on a journey where we hope to visit as many remote communities as possible to connect, learn and grow our understanding and relationships with people and communities across the country. Local voices and stories will help shape our future work and action in remote communities.
 
 
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WEIPA, QLD

TRACK ROSCO'S REMOTE VENTURE

DatesLocation
April 11, 2021 - April 12, 2021Adelaide to Port Augusta
April 13, 2021 - April 14, 2021Port Augusta to Coober Pedy
April 18, 2021 - April 22, 2021APY Lands: Indulkana, Mimili, Kaltjiti, Pukatja, Amata
April 26, 2021 - May 1, 2021Alice Springs to Tennant Creek
May 2, 2021 - May 4, 2021Tennant Creek to Katherine
May 5, 2021 - May 9, 2021Katherine to Wadeye
May 18, 2021 - May 19, 2021Darwin to Kununurra
May 20, 2021 - May 21, 2021Kununurra to Halls Creek
May 21, 2021 - May 23, 2021Fitzroy Crossing
May 23, 2021 - May 25, 2021Fitzroy to Derby
May 26, 2021 - May 28, 2021Derby to Broome
June 10, 2021Katherine to Barunga
June 13, 2021 - June 15, 2021Borroloola
June 15, 2021 - June 17, 2021Doomadgee
June 17, 2021 - June 19, 2021Kowanyama
June 19, 2021 - June 20, 2021Pormpuraaw
June 20, 2021 - June 21, 2021Coen
June 21, 2021 - June 23, 2021Lockhart
June 23, 2021 - June 24, 2021Arukun
June 24, 2021 - June 25, 2021Weipa

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Orange Sky is planning to spend three months on the road (from April to June 2021) with one of our bright orange vans, travelling to remote communities across Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia. The program will be rolled out across four key phases, with outreach to stakeholders and the community taking place prior to arrival with the view to build as many connections as possible along the way.

As Orange Sky works towards supporting more remote communities, we want to stay focused on listening and learning. We’ll be inviting community members to stop in for a chat on our six orange chairs, see our purpose-built laundry van, and welcome anyone who wants to do a few loads of washing.In addition to connecting with community members, we also hope to meet with as many key stakeholder groups as possible during this time including local Government, health, education, community leaders and more.

Orange Sky is on a mission to help more people and increase our social impact. Remote communities are a big part of future vision. We hope to identify communities that we can work alongside to create social impact through free laundry, warm showers and genuine connections. We are committed to working alongside communities before establishing a new service to ensure we can provide a holistic and locally-relevant service.

Since our first remote service launched three and a half years ago, we’ve learnt the value of strong partnerships in remote communities and the significant impact of employment opportunities, clean clothes, warm showers and genuine connections for local people. 

By engaging with local communities and gathering local stories, we hope to learn more about priorities in each community, and to establish whether there may be a need and want for our services now, or in the future.

We hope to stay in each community at least 2 – 4 days depending on the number of key stakeholders and community members we are able to connect with while we are there.

Orange Sky has established a service in three remote communities since 2017 in Lockhart River and Palm Island in Queensland, and Maningrida in the Northern Territory. Our impact in these communities to date has included:

LOCATIONTOTAL SHIFTSLOADS OF WASHINGKILOS WASHEDHOURS OF CONVERSATION
Lockhart River
(est. 2017)
540292043,800kg4320 hours
Palm Island
(est. 2018)
530275041,250kg4240 hours
Maningrida
(est. 2020)
315242936,435kg2496 hours

We know easy access to affordable laundry services in remote locations can be, at times, limited and cost prohibitive. It has been a privilege to be welcomed into these communities and brought along the journey towards improved health outcomes. 

We hope to continue to provide this service in more remote communities as we understand that in addition to providing mobile laundry services and conversation, significant social impact can also be created through employment opportunities.

From the Remote Trip, Orange Sky will be developing a report that captures our findings including local stories, views, opinions, and priorities. This report will help to  shape our future work and action in remote communities. 

Whilst our vision is that one day all remote communities in need may have access to greater health services and facilities, we hope at a minimum to be able to continue and increase our roll out of at least one new remote service per year.

We are really grateful to everyone that is willing to connect and share stories with us along our trip. We will share any findings and final report which each community and stakeholders we visit. 

Establishing an Orange Sky service in a remote community requires a lot of planning, collaboration, consultation and troubleshooting. This includes development of partnerships with community organisations, other service providers and finding and training local community members to run the service. We are committed to working alongside communities before establishing a new service to ensure we can provide a holistic and locally-relevant service.

Orange Sky’s Remote and Indigenous Services Program Manager, Judith Meiklejohn, is leading the trip, and will be supported by Orange Sky’s Co-Founder, Nic Marchesi, Cultural Navigator, Richard Cassady and Project Support Officer, Jessica Adams.

For more information about Orange Sky’s remote services, please visit orangesky.org.au/remote or get in touch with Judith Meiklejohn at judith@orangesky.org.au.

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