Perth’s first ‘shower on wheels’ coming thanks to One Voice


Aldi WA managing director Anna McGrath and One voice chief executive Josh Wilkins.
Aldi WA managing director Anna McGrath and One voice chief executive Josh Wilkins.

HOMELESS people will be able to have a proper wash with a Perth first “shower on wheels”.

A decked out, self-contained vehicle described as “smaller than a Budget truck” with two separate showers, solar panels and tanks to hold fresh water and water waste, will visit service providers as of today.

The service, operated by One Voice and funded by Aldi, was launched at Tranby House.

One Voice chief executive Josh Wilkins said the organisation was working with getting other service providers to host the mobile shower truck.

“It will park for about two to three hours at a service provider, where people put down their name and wait for their turn to be called while they eat a meal or use one of the other services available,” he said.

“The two showers are separated by the tanks so it can allow a man to shower in one and a woman in another in complete privacy.

“We also provide the towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, shavers and deodorant.”

He said the service had been operating on the east coast, but Perth was the first to have the newly designed vehicle that allowed volunteers to drive it.

“You can drive it on a standard car licence,” he said.

Mr Wilkins said there could be scope to expand the services in the future if there was a demand and they could secure the funding for another shower truck.

An Aldi spokesman said it was important to give back to the community.

“We are proud to work together with One Voice to deliver services that have a positive impact on vulnerable people, and promote health, wellbeing and inclusion for everyone,” he said.

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