RAFS team fight flood isolation

10 February 2012

With extensive flooding across the region, the Frontier Services Remote Area Families Service (RAFS) in Longreach is doing everything possible to assist isolated families.

RAFS, which provides early childhood advice and support for families with young children in remote areas, has been contacting community members and sending kits containing games and activities to flood-isolated families.  

It is not just remote homesteads isolated by the recent deluge. Sandra Tunn, RAFS Field Coordinator, is slowly making her way across Queensland back to Longreach after being stranded by water-logged roads.

In the meantime, the other team members have been busy contacting the community, checking road conditions and planning safe routes in preparation for the first visits of the New Year.

Longreach RAFS Field Coordinator Helen Avery estimated that it would be at least 10 days before the house calls could be made due to flood damaged roads. 

“We are really looking forward to visiting families and seeing all the children after the Christmas break,” she said.

“We will try to visit communities on the highways and bitumen roads. However, at this stage, there will be no station visits until at least the end of the month.”

Five Frontier Services RAFS teams provide crucial services to remote families and communities who cannot access mainstream early childhood centres. Travelling a combined 160,000km every year across Queensland, the teams provide essential support to remote families with their network of mobile early childhood specialists. The teams operate from Longreach, Charleville, Mount Isa, Emerald and Mareeba.

RAFS services include mobile playgroups, kit boxes that provide families with early childhood resources and activity ideas, one‐on‐one advice on early childhood development and parenting and general support for isolated parents.