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What I did on my summer ‘vacation’

What I did on my summer ‘vacation’

Our Bush Chaplain, Rev. Rowena Harris recounts her days spent on the beach at Mallacoota where she and 4000 others were cut off from the rest of the world by fire. These are her words. Some folk have peaceful Christmases and joyous New Years. I usually do. But not this time. And so the story …

Leaving a legacy for people in the bush

Leaving a legacy for people in the bush

A proud Australian and patron of Frontier Services, Tim Fischer AC served his country throughout his distinguished life. He understood the importance of Bush Chaplains in remote Australia and advocated for people battling mental health and depression in the Outback. After his defence force service, Tim settled into farming life on his property at Boree …

New friendships forged over New Years

New friendships forged over New Years

Muriel and Alan Hunt’s farm on the Eyre Peninsula has been hit hard by drought. Simply keeping their 400 sheep alive is a daily challenge. But an extraordinary visit from a Sydney family brought some unexpected joy and welcome relief. The Smiths typically volunteer as a whole family, closing down their audio-visual business for two …

Oodnadatta welcomes our new Bush Chaplain

Oodnadatta welcomes our new Bush Chaplain

In November last year, Pastor Julia Lennon joined our team of Bush Chaplains. Based in Oodnadatta, she is working to foster relationships between First and Second Peoples, and create a space for healing. ‘Oodnadatta’ is believed to be an adaptation of the local Arrernte word ‘utnadata’, which means ‘blossom of the mulga’. The country surrounding …

Our volunteers stepping in

Our volunteers stepping in

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 …

Ninety years of Frontier News

Ninety years of Frontier News

In October 1930. the first volume of Frontier News was published. In this Flashback, 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, Sydney. The building opened …

A journey for all Australians

A journey for all Australians

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 …

It’s my gift to them

It’s my gift to them

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, and in this article share with you some highlights from our conversation. John, what does it mean to be a …