Outback Links will lead a team of 40 volunteers including Qantas engineers, RACQ Foundation mechanics, a Qantas Link engineer, Qantas Cabin Crew Team (QCCT) members - and a 747 captain on a trip to lend their time and skills to farmers in the Cunnamulla and Charleville areas in South West Queensland.
The aim is to raise spirits in the drought-affected communities by offering a week of hard work. Teams will work on 10 properties in the surrounding areas and on a community project in the Cunnamulla Township.
Outback Links works in consultation with local stakeholders and have met with the drought and rural financial counsellor, Cunnamulla Mayor Lindsay Godfrey, Geoffrey Rynne (Indigenous Community Sport & Recreation Officer, PCYC), local author Mary Mitchell and Cunnamulla-based Patrol Padre, Rev Sunil (Sunny) Kadaparambil, to ensure the trip meets farmer and community needs.
“The volunteers will be assigned repair and maintenance tasks according to their skills and abilities” says Glenn Price, (National Volunteer Program Manager, Frontier Services) who is coordinating the trip.
The jobs list is still being finalised but will include fencing, painting, carpentry work and mechanical repairs. The Cunnamulla Youth Club needs some repair work to the front steps and a team of volunteers has been allotted to the task. They will work with a local electrician on the job.
Cunnamulla Indigenous youth club members have challenged the volunteers to a friendly cricket match. And a party is planned for the end of the week for volunteers, farmers and others involved at the Paroo Shire Hall.
Frontier Services is a charity that has been working with people in remote Australia for 104 years. Frontier Services’ volunteer program, Outback Links has been providing volunteer services supporting volunteers to help farmers and communities across remote Australia since 2006.