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Leaving a legacy for people in the bush

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 Creek in the New South Wales Riverina region. Furthering his interest in supporting people in rural and remote areas, Tim became a member of the Country Party (now the National Party of Australia). He would go on to become leader of the federal Nationals between 1990 and 1999, eventually serving as deputy prime minister to John Howard’s government.

Always concerned for the welfare of people in the bush, he said at a 2018 event about drought and youth mental health, “There are many crossroads in life, from teenager to adulthood, from student to workplace and so forth. For country people, these crossroads become even harder to traverse in periods of intense drought and other climate wildcards.”

In August last year, we said farewell to Tim as he passed at the age of 73. But his empathy for people in the bush will live on as he left a provision for Frontier Services in his will.

“Tim Fischer was a man respected by the entire country,” said National Director, Jannine Jackson. “We’re so blessed to receive this gift, which will help build resilience in rural and remote communities.”

If you would like to know more about leaving a bequest to Frontier Services, please contact our Donor Relations Officer, Martin Shields on 1300 787 247 or email martins@frontierservices.org

The Hon. Timothy Andrew Fischer AC

3 May 1946 – 22 August 2019