Archive for October, 2012

A golden day at Terrace Gardens

A golden day at Terrace Gardens

Think you have to be young and agile to compete in the Olympics? Well not at Frontier Services Terrace Gardens in Darwin. The residents at the aged care service recently challenged the residents of two other services, Tracy Aged Care and the Juninga Centre, to an Olympic-style competition. Activities Officers Karen Thomas and Karen Tims …

Margaret Burrows and Milly Howden

Margaret Burrows and Milly Howden

MEMORIES OF ANDAMOOKA OUTPOST HOSPITAL Submitted by Margaret Burrows and Milly Howden At this time when the church is celebrating the centenary of Frontier Services and its predecessor the Australian Inland Mission, we were asked to write about some of our experiences at the AIM Outpost Hospital at Andamooka Opal Fields which we started in 1965. The opal …

Bruce on Patrol in Katherine

Bruce on Patrol in Katherine

This week Rev Bruce Slater traded in his city life for a job that will take him across some of the country’s most iconic outback terrain. Bruce is the new Frontier Services Katherine Patrol Minister. The Katherine Patrol area covers a large swathe of the Top End of the Northern Territory. Bruce will spend much of his time travelling the region to …

Connecting women with confidence

Connecting women with confidence

Twenty-four participants shimmied their stress away at a workshop last month in Greenvale, North Queensland which included a host of self-confidence building activities such as belly dancing and meditation. Presented by two Queensland women Phillipa Harris and Dr Diane Rodgers and coordinated by the Frontier Services Dalrymple Rural Family Support Service, the workshop was created …

A new friend in the Murchison

A new friend in the Murchison

This week Rev Mitch Fialkowski will begin work as the Frontier Services Murchison Patrol Minister, providing practical support and pastoral care to people across 500,000 square kilometres of the mid-west of Western Australia. Based out of Meekatharra, Mr Fialkowski will spend much of his time travelling in his four-wheel-drive to visit station families, mine workers, …

Lynette Boland; Castle Hill, NSW

Lynette Boland; Castle Hill, NSW

My love for people of the Outback began as a child when I learned about Rev John Flynn & his ‘mantle of safety’ vision. I was fascinated to learn of the Flying Doctor and contact via the pedal wirless. The names of the stations on the roofs of the homesteads and planes coming to the sick & …

Frontier Services Pumpkin Patrol

Frontier Services Pumpkin Patrol

This song, the Frontier Services Pumpkin Patrol, shares a little bit about what our Patrol Ministers do every day to support people in remote places. Adam Cousens, the son of Cunnamulla Patrol Minister Dennis Cousens, wrote the song especially for the Centenary year and the National Staff Conference. The song was first performed at the …

ABC: Compass – “The Man on the $20 Note”

ABC: Compass – “The Man on the $20 Note”

THE MAN ON THE $20 NOTE.   ABC: Compass; 23 September 2012.   100 years ago this week the Australian Inland Mission was founded by Rev John Flynn – a 20th century visionary who built bush hospitals, helped develop the Pedal Radio and most famously pioneered the world’s first Flying Doctor Service. Today the Australian Inland Mission goes by …

Ararat Advertiser – “Centenary celebration for Frontier Services”

Ararat Advertiser – “Centenary celebration for Frontier Services”

CENTENARY CELEBRATION FOR FRONTIER SERVICES.   Ararat Adertiser; Tuesday August 14, 2012.   STAWELL – From humble beginnings as the Australian Inland Mission led by John Flynn and including the development of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Frontier Services continues to serve the outback after a century. Stawell Uniting Church has been involved in supporting isolated people in the outback in …

Forbes Advocate – “Classic Outback Trial shifts into top gear”

Forbes Advocate – “Classic Outback Trial shifts into top gear”

CLASSIC OUTBACK TRIAL SHIFTS INTO TOP GEAR.  Forbes Advocate; Tuesday August 12, 2012.   The start to the 2012 Classic Outback Trial is on track – quite literally – ahead of this Saturday’s prologue time trials here in Forbes. Event Director and Deputy Clerk of Course Philip Bernadou yesterday confirmed the first car to Saturday’s rally time trial will depart from the starting line at the Forbes Jockey …