News

Salvo to help out in Nauru

Lieutenant Tara McGuigan and husband Captain Peter McGuigan step out for the on-shore to off-shore processing on the Micronesian island of Nauru. The pair played key roles in the 2011 flood relief and is sharing their expertise in Nauru.
Lieutenant Tara McGuigan and husband Captain Peter McGuigan step out for the on-shore to off-shore processing on the Micronesian island of Nauru. The pair played key roles in the 2011 flood relief and is sharing their expertise in Nauru. File

ROCKHAMPTON'S Major Peter McGuigan is an old hand at the "helping" game.

The Salvation Army officer-in-charge of Capricornia hopes Rockhampton people will pray for him as he heads to Nauru to shore up support for asylum seekers.

Major McGuigan said he was privileged to be offered the "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to help asylum seekers being transferred from on-shore to off-shore processing on the Micronesian island.

He played a key role during the 2011 floods in Rockhampton as he directed the Salvation Army in its flood relief work, helping up to 1000 people during the aftermath.

Major McGuigan and his wife, Lieutenant Tara McGuigan, are part of a 30-strong crew of Salvation Army staff from around Australia deployed to Nauru.

"These asylum seekers are amongst the most marginalised people in the world," he said.

"They have been caught up in a business of paying to come to a place where they think life is going to be better."

In fact, they have been told a lie by people smugglers seeking to cash in on their tragic plight.

"Governments and humanitarian agencies are realising more and more that the solution to the asylum-seeker issue must be worked on collaboratively by the nations in the Australasian region."

The Federal Government had contracted the Salvation Army to provide humanitarian support to asylum seekers accommodated on Nauru.

This included case management, community liaison programs, emotional support and building the Nauruan asylum.

On Friday, Salvation Army staff on the ground in Nauru were preparing for the first intake of 30 asylum seekers from Sri Lanka.

Major McGuigan said when the 30 Sri Lankans were escorted off the plane, they were introduced to a new life on the island by the Salvation Army.

"It's like a tent village over there but the Australian military is working eagerly on better structures."

Topics:  offshore processing refugee salvation army



SUNDAY SAY: Where do the Bunya's grow?

The rough bark of the trunk of the Bunya. To get the cones naked young men climbed the Bunyas in the time-honoured way using vines for support.

Tree one of area's earliest plantings

Pacific Highway roadworks this week

Roadworks on the highway

Here's a list of all the spots where work will take place

SUNDAY SAY: The grass it can be greener

field of spring grass and forest

Short lawn not always the best

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

How to be spooky and sing like a man

Spooky Men's Chorale, looking a little less spooky, on Saturday morning at their masterclass.

A masterclass on how to be a spooky man (or woman).

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

Historic home 'Fairweather' up for action

Fairweather

Historic property owned for last 35 years up for sale

A piece of Clarence Valley heritage up for grabs

The historic house \"Ravensford\" located at 36 Villiers St in Grafton is currently on the market at McKimms Real Estate.

Take a look inside iconic home 'Ravenford'

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!