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“The Children Don’t Expect Much”

“The Children Don’t Expect Much”

I want to share the inspiring story of two of our Outback Links volunteers, Michael and Wendy* who have been travelling around their home state of Queensland to support farming families experiencing isolation. They have been a source of hope and encouragement for a number of families this year. As retirees, Michael and Wendy had ...

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 …

Standing with (older) people in the bush

Standing with (older) people in the bush

Today is International Day of Older Persons. The work that we do here at Frontier Services has a significant impact on the lives of older people living in rural and remote Australia. We have huge numbers of Outback Links volunteers who are "grey nomads", travelling the country and lending a hand where they are needed ...

International Translation Day

International Translation Day

Today is International Translation Day. At Frontier Services we work with all kinds of communities across Australia. And for many, English is not necessarily their primary language. This is particularly true in the West Arnhem Remote Area which is ministered to by our Bush Chaplain, Lindsay Parkhill. Lindsay’s wife Louise Macdonald, also works for an …

A Wonderful World

A Wonderful World

I was recently inspired by the story of a kind hearted and brave 76 year old farmer, Merv, living alone on a 600, 000 hectare station near Cue, 700km from Perth in Western Australia, that I want to share with you. For many of us, COVID-19 has been our first experience of the social isolation ...

2020 Christmas Cards

2020 Christmas Cards

Order now to avoid disappointment! Our Christmas cards often sell out. This is a strictly limited print run so we encourage you to order early. The artwork for this year’s cards is by our very own Bush Chaplain Julia Lennon who looks after the Oodnadatta Remote Area. We hope you love this year’s cards as …

Closing the Gap in 2020

Closing the Gap in 2020

Closing the Gap in 2020 Closing the Gap was developed in response to the call of the Social justice report 2005 and the ‘Close the Gap’ social justice campaign. In March 2008, Australian governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people agreed ‘to work together to achieve equality in health status and life expectancy between …

You are not alone – we are here to care

You are not alone – we are here to care

As part of this year’s National Reconciliation Week we’ve been speaking with members of the Frontier Services family, who work within Indigenous communities across Australia, about what reconciliation means for them. Today, we catch up with Pastor Julia Lennon, who we were extremely proud to induct as our first ever female Aboriginal Bush Chaplain late last year.

A journey for all Australians – Part 2

A journey for all Australians – Part 2

Dianne Torrens is a Widjabal woman and Githabul woman of the Bundjalung nation from the Northern Rivers. Aunty Di believes ‘In This Together’ and the pathway for reconciliation requires truth, justice and forgiveness, and simply sitting together to share a conversation over a cuppa. It is being open with each other, saying ‘hello’ and focusing on our similarities, rather than our differences.