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“We’re the forgotten people”

“We’re the forgotten people”

Farmer Kev is grateful for the support of Frontier Services’ Outback Links volunteers. Their company and practical assistance has been a source of hope through a bleak drought that continues to drag on. We visited Kev on the property that he’s owned for almost 40 years. “It’s been pretty horrendous,” he told us. The station …

Making do with what you have

Making do with what you have

Donna’s family faced three years of drought before rain earlier this year brought temporary relief. But Donna knows that another dry season is inevitable. Frontier Services headed out to her property in far-western NSW earlier this year to find out how she and her family are coping. We visited Donna (taking all the necessary precautions) …

Chaplaincy in the midst of coronavirus

Chaplaincy in the midst of coronavirus

Quarantine, isolation and border controls throughout this year have had an impact on the work of our Frontier Services Buch Chaplains. But they’ve continued to find ways to reach out and connect with communities across Remote Australia. We chatted to Benjamin Quilliam and Peter Wait who work in the Centralian and Tennant Barkly regions of …

A message of hope

A message of hope

Bush Chaplain, Pastor Cain Hartigan, reflects on 2020 and offers his Christmas message to Frontier Services’ supporters. It has been a hard 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic which we are experiencing and may have to experience for a while longer. It has been a time where we have been physically, mentally and spiritually stretched, not …

The Great Outback BBQ 2020

The Great Outback BBQ looks a little different this year. We know that you might not be able to host a BBQ the same way you have in previous years. Check out what our creative friends around the country have been doing instead. It might just spark some inspiration for your own event! Host a …

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 …