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Claudia and Rachid Ait-Touati (Murraylands / Riverland region) and Mary and Javier Centenera (Mallala region) Stories

After feeling trapped in their home country of Holland, Claudia and Rachid decided it was time to realise Claudia’s childhood dream of moving to Australia. A migration agent advised them they would not be granted an Australian working visa. They didn’t have much money in the bank. If they couldn’t work they wouldn’t last long. But they decided to try their luck. They packed five bags, their young family and headed to Australia on a tourist visa.
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Limestone Coast Region

The Limestone Coast Region is well known for its fertile soils, reliable rainfall and significant groundwater resources. The region’s 378 kilometres of scenic coastline provides the basis for much of the Limestone Coast’s economic activity which includes tourism, the production of world-class fresh seafood and a wide variety of recreational activities.

The City of Mount Gambier, located in the southern part of the region, with a population of 25,804 is the second largest city in South Australia. Mount Gambier is a major regional centre with a range of business, retail and community services. Other major commercial and service centres in the region include Naracoorte, Millicent, Penola, Bordertown, Keith, Robe, Kingston and Lucindale, each providing essential services and support agencies for growing families.
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Family Migration Visas

Family stream migrants are selected on the basis of their family relationship with their sponsor in Australia. There is no test for skills or language ability as required for skilled stream migrants.
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Anelia Blackie (Limestone Coast Region) and Kuol and Mel Baak Stories

Anelia Blackie Story

In the 1970s, Anelia’s father could see the writing on the wall. He knew that the escalating violence in South Africa would have implications for his family. However, the children weren’t interested as they were about to spread their wings and leave the family nest.

It was only after Anelia’s father passed away that they realised his prediction was coming true.  Within several years, Anelia’s entire family had migrated to Adelaide. For Anelia this was the start of a long roller coaster ride. It would take a further 10 years before Anelia and her two daughters could feel safe and secure again, this time living in the rural Limestone Coast region in South Australia.

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Kuol and Mel Baak Story

At the age of 8, Kuol was taken from his family by the rebel army who were fighting against the oppressive Sudanese government. As a child soldier, Kuol had no idea that it would be another 20 years before he would see his family again.  

When the United States Government began financing the rebels, they insisted on the disarming of the child soldiers. The 27,000 child soldiers, mostly young boys, who became known as the ‘Lost Boys’, were abandoned. They travelled across the desert searching for survival against the immense odds of starvation, wild animal attacks and from the danger of drowning at river crossings.

Kuol’s journey has taken him from a refugee camp in Kenyan to South Australia where he met his now wife, Mel. In 2001, Kuol finally had the opportunity to return to his village in South Sudan to be reunited with his family.

Kuol journey for survival has been long and hard but he is now realising one of his dreams.

 Kuol Mel Baak gates 


timpir Charity 

Timpir was formed in 2004 by Mel and Kuol Baak with a vision to work with the people of South Sudan and the global community to assist in the development of a region devastated by almost 40 years of recurrent civil war from the 1950s to 2005.

South Sudan lags significantly behind the rest of the world in standard markers of development. For example, it is estimated that only 1.9% of children complete primary school and one out of every six children will die before their first birthday (Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan 2010).

Timpir is run by a board of 10 volunteer directors who oversee the design, implementation and running of Timpir's projects in South Sudan. Working with local community members in South Sudan to identify, plan and implement projects is fundamental to Timpir's ethos, however Timpir relies on the financial and volunteer support of people around the globe to make these projects possible. The main objective of Timpir is to improve access for the people of South Sudan to basic education and health care through working with local communities.

To find out more about timpir go to: here

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South Australian Regional Local Government

Local Government is a vibrant part of every South Australian community and offers great employment conditions and opportunities, especially in the regional areas which include the Limestone Coast, the Murray Mallee and Riverland, Eyre Peninsula, the Southern Fleurieu, Hills and Kangaroo Island region, the Yorke & Mid North, Barossa and Flinders and the Outback.

Advantages of working in a regional council

Working in local government in a regional area provides a genuine opportunity to directly shape the future of the community you live in and to see the results first hand. There is a lot of personal job satisfaction to be gained when the community benefits directly from the work you undertake. Working in a regional council provides a great opportunity for career advancement and also offers a higher level of job security plus opportunities for full time employment. 

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