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Archive for October, 2020

Responding to a farmer’s bushfire emergency

Responding to a farmer’s bushfire emergency

In July last year, Ken and Joyce Dever started a journey around Australia with their caravan. Little did they know that in a few short months, they would be bringing practical care and much-needed respite when responding to a farmer’s bushfire emergency. So eager were the couple to get started that within a week of …

Connecting with our farmers

Connecting with our farmers

Last September, Paul Gray journeyed from Sydney to Nyngan to lend a hand to remote communities ravaged by drought. He told us about connecting with our farmers and the value of corporate volunteering programs for remote parts of Australia. Paul is a mechanic and regularly volunteers with us through the Outback Links NRMA partnership. This …

Flashback from ninety years ago

Flashback from ninety years ago

In October 1930, the first volume of Frontier News was published. In this Flashback from ninety years ago, we share with you snippets of stories and photos from the day. A new head office On the cover of volume one is a sketch of the new Assembly Hall and offices on Margaret and York Streets, …

Come together in the spirit of reconciliation

Come together in the spirit of reconciliation

This year, National Reconciliation Week celebrates its 20th anniversary (27 May – 3 June) with the theme In This Together. It’s a theme with deep resonance as Australians, both on the coast and inland, deal with a barrage of challenges which have included drought, bushfires, floods, a global pandemic and economic instability. Just as Australia’s …

Ministry in Meekatharra

Ministry in Meekatharra

We’re so grateful that Rev Mitch Fialkowski from our Murchison Remote Area was able to join us during our recent visit to Kalgoorlie. It gave us a chance to catch up and talk about his ministry in Meekatharra. A community concerned with COVID-19 Mitch told us his community was worried about COVID-19 reaching Meekatharra. Anxiety …

A ministry among miners

A ministry among miners

During Rev Lindsay Ginn’s induction, we were joined by another of our Bush Chaplains, Rev John Dihm from our Pilbara Remote Area. We spoke with John about what it means to be a Bush Chaplain with a ministry among miners, and in this article share with you some highlights from our conversation. John, what does …

Out West with our Bush Chaplains

Out West with our Bush Chaplains

Out West with our Bush Chaplains: We travelled to Western Australia recently to welcome our new Bush Chaplain, Pastor Lindsay Ginn, and were joined by Rev John Dihm and Rev Mitch Fialkowski. In this feature, we introduce you to Lindsay and share highlights of our conversations with our two other WA Bush Chaplains, including how …

Volunteers lifted our spirits

Volunteers lifted our spirits

Volunteers lifted our spirits: Megan has worked on her brother’s farm since 2003 and has had a really heart-breaking decade. Megan moved onto the farm in NSW with her brother to look after her sick parents. Sadly, they have since passed away and her biggest reminder of them is the farm.  Megan feels a huge …

Our livelihood depends on the rain

Our livelihood depends on the rain

Our livelihood depends on the rain: The past six months have been very trying times. Recovering from droughts, bushfires and now COVID-19. Farmers are working incredibly hard to make ends meet in these rough times. Two hardworking farmers who have been through it all are David and Linda. The couple are located 200km north of …

The brunt of the drought

The brunt of the drought

It was clear when speaking to Kylie that her life as a farmer has been incredibly hard. Both Kylie and her husband, Greg, came from farming families and have been feeling the brunt of the drought for years. “You can deal with most things in life if there is an end in sight but with …