Orange Sky Australia is committed to providing access to clean clothes, warm showers and genuine, non-judgemental conversation for all Australians. In remote communities, access to laundry services can be limited and cost prohibitive. To support this, Orange Sky works alongside remote communities to build impact through free laundry, local employment and local partnerships.

Our weekly impact in Lockhart River

Lockhart River is a remote Aboriginal community in Far North Queensland near the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, with untouched beaches and amazing fishing.

Lockhart is also the location of Orange Sky’s first remote laundry service, launched in 2017. We first arrived with a custom-built ex-defence truck with three washing machines and dryers. ‘Pytham,’ which was named by the community, has since been retransformed into a fixed location. This new pod has the same washing facilities and is located at the heart of the town, run by local employees. ‘Pytham’ is adorned with the artworks of three local artists; Silas Hobson, Fiona Omeenyo and Rosella Namok.

Orange Sky was able to work with locals to support community-driven ideas, aimed at improving hygiene standards and providing the opportunity for a yarn. It has been a privilege to be welcomed into the Lockhart River community and brought along the journey towards improved health outcomes. As with all our services, Orange Sky’s biggest impact has taken place on the six orange chairs that are set up at shift locations across this small community.

We pay our deepest gratitude to the community of Lockhart River and acknowledge the Traditional Owners Kuuku Ya’u, Wuthathi, Kanthanumpu, Uutaalnganu, Umpila and Kaanju peoples.

Orange Sky in Lockhart River

Orange Sky is grateful to play a role in positively connecting the community of Lockhart since 2017. Learn more about what the service means to the community in the video.

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Orange Sky acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of the land across Australia. We pay our respect to Ancestors and their descendants who hold a continued cultural and spiritual connection to the land, seas and community and would like to recognise and uphold Indigenous knowledges and contributions of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We are committed to working together to create a positive future through our Reconciliation Action Plan.