The Governor of New South Wales Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO hosted a reception at Government House to celebrate a century of support for people in remote Australia by Frontier Services and its predecessor the Australian Inland Mission (AIM).
This year marks 100 years since the AIM was established by the Presbyterian Church, inspired by the vision of Australian legend Rev John Flynn, the man on the $20 note.
Frontier Services is the successor in the Uniting Church to the AIM and continues the work which Flynn began with its vast network of care across remote Australia.
Her Excellency hosted the national leaders of the Uniting Church, members of the Frontier Services
Board and some of the major business supporters of Frontier Services at the reception on Friday 16 November.
Guests included the President of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev Prof Andrew Dutney, Moderators and General Secretaries of the State Synods of the Church and members of the Assembly Standing Committee, who are elected by a Triennial Assembly to provide governance to the Church.
Businesses and organisations who have partnered with Frontier Services were also represented including Paul Hartmann, Hodgkison Architects, Hunt and Hunt and Classic Outback Trial Event Director Philip Bernadou.
Frontier Services National Director Rosemary Young said the centenary celebrations were an opportunity to highlight the strength and resilience of people in the bush.
“This year we celebrate the extraordinary achievements of John Flynn and the AIM and all those who have continued to walk alongside the people of the outback for a century,” said Ms Young.
Top: National Director Rosemary Young, The Governor of New South Wales Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, President of the Uniting Church in Australia Andrew Dutney and Chair of the Frontier Services Board Jan Trengove. Above: Rev Prof Andrew Dutney speaking at the reception.