Archive for September, 2011

Patrol ministers gather from across remote Australia

Patrol ministers gather from across remote Australia

Twenty two patrol ministers who provide practical and spiritual support in remote locations across Australia are meeting in Alice Springs this week. The Frontier Services Patrol Ministers Conference, which begins Thursday, September 29, will be an important opportunity for the ministers to come together in one place. They will travel from all corners of the country including …

Grandfather provides a helping hand

Grandfather provides a helping hand

Busselton grandfather Philip Atherton has used his skills and spare time to make a difference for a farming family in the mid West. Mr Atherton is a volunteer with the Frontier Services program Outback Links that provides support for families in rural and remote Australia. Earlier this year, he spent six weeks on a farm …

Recent News

Staff training benefits Outback Links During October Outback Links staff are attending Volunteering Queensland training in natural disaster community resilliance. We hope to share relevant details with Outback Links volunteers in due course.

Ex-Dairy Farmers put their spare hands to good use

Ex-Dairy Farmers put their spare hands to good use

Alstonville grandparents Gwen and Ron Hellyar travelled more than 1500km to help out a family in Outback Queensland. They travelled to a sheep and cattle station, northwest of Longreach, to provide an extra set of hands for a remote family. It was their second experience as Outback Links volunteers. “We look on it as going …

Ruth gets a buzz from helping out in the bush

The retired teacher from Bellevue Heights in Adelaide travelled six hours to lend a hand to a family on a sheep and cattle station in the Flinders Rangers. “I had a wow of a time,” said Mrs Simpson. The 65-year-old was there to provide an extra pair of hands at a station north of Wilpena …

Tassie trio lend a hand in the Outback

Tassie trio lend a hand in the Outback

Three Devonport retirees have travelled across Australia to lend a hand. In a three-berth caravan, Paul and Robyn Carey and Mrs Carey’s sister Desley Blanch ventured across the mainland and north to Outback Queensland to offer their help to families in the bush. “A lot of people cannot get their head around why we do …

remoteFOCUS

Frontier Services is a supporter of the remoteFocus initiative. One of the key organisations behind this movement for change is Desert Knowledge Australia whose goal is to create thriving desert knowledge economies and societies across Australia. remoteFOCUS began as an initiative by a group of concerned Australians who came together to explore ways to improve …

Victorian Teacher Volunteers

Joan Allen is a grandmother with a kind heart and a keen sense of adventure. The 64-year-old drove 1600km to Outback Queensland to lend a hand on an isolated cattle station this month. “A lot of people do not understand why I do it…I just say I’m a free spirit,” said Mrs Allen, who lives …

Isabelle lends a hand in the Outback

Isabelle lends a hand in the Outback

Central Queensland physiotherapist Isabelle Wilson knows what it means to be a long way from everywhere. The 24-year-old spent more than a month in Outback Queensland lending a hand to three remote families. She spent 10 days on one cattle station where the nearest shop was 150km down a dusty road. “I loved the whole …

Intrepid US soul lends a hand in the Outback

Intrepid US soul lends a hand in the Outback

Californian speech pathologist Stephanie Perrett discovered the raw charm of the Outback, including a hungry pack of kite hawks, while lending a hand as a volunteer with Frontier Services program Outback Links. It was a lifelong dream to take our kids to another country to experience life somewhere else, and we had always loved Australia. …