Activities: Kevin and his beautiful mother Anne are going through an unimaginably hard times due to horrible drought conditions. Can you head out and give them a hand up by spending some time with them on their farm? Your duties could include a variety of things according to your skill set and interests. May include some household support with cooking and cleaning, gardening as well as vast of farm work tasks, so if you are generally handy and want to get in and make a practical difference, this could be the opportunity for you!

When: Flexible

Duration: 1-2 weeks

Accommodation: Yes with facilities

Activities: Pamela and Aaron could really use your help. As you can imagine, it does get tough when you're trying to run a farm and your truck doesn't work. If you have the mechanical know how to help Pamela and Aaron, this could be your chance. They are both facing health challenges that affects their daily ability to run the property and with Aaron going into surgery soon, it's only going to get harder for Pamela. If you or someone that you know is available to lend a hand, please contact us!

When: 19-Jan-2018

Duration: 1-2 weeks - flexible

Accommodation: Provided or BYO

Activities: Ever since Sue's husband passed away 5 years ago things around the house have been a little harder when you're doing it alone. Sue's roof is falling apart and she needs your help to fix it. Your jobs will include: Re-stumping, building, painting, fixing fences, farm work & gardening. If this is something you or someone you know are interested please reach out to us.

When: 28/01/2019

Duration: 2 weeks

Accommodation: TBC

Activities: Married for 42 years, Max and Penny are currently facing a huge struggle. Max has to have surgery in December so he will be unable to help Penny with the everyday running of the property which will be a massive challenge for the both of them. Your duties will include: mothering calves, moving machinery from one property to another and helping with feeding the animals. Are you able to assist them in this time of need?

When: 14th Janurary

Duration: 2 weeks

Accommodation: TBC

Activities: Bill has reached out to us looking for some mechanical support. He has mentioned a number of jobs including FRONT END LOADER AND DIESEL DOZERS, WATER PUMPS, STEERING CLUTCH, LEAKY HYDRAULIC SEALS, CENTRE BEARINGS, TIE ROD END AND BEARING, WATER PUMP DOWN AT THE DAM DOESN'T START VERY EASILY, SERVICING OF SMALL MOTORS SUCH AS GENERATORS AND FIRE STARTERS AND SERVICING OF MOTORBIKE AND QUADS. If you are mechanically minded, reasonably self-sufficient and would like to lend a hand and put your skills to great use, please do reach out!

When: Flexible

Duration: 2 weeks - flexible

Accommodation: BYO - Shower and generator available

Activities: Carl and Andrea have reached out for your support around the house with cooking, cleaning and other household duties as Andrea unfortunately has broken her foot recently. She is limited with what she is physically able to do and Carl is just about managing to keep up with their cattle property which Andrea would normally help him with. Their home, as well as the accommodation they have available to you, are both air conditioned to make your stay as comfortable as possible in this relentless drought and already hot, summer days.

When: Now

Duration: 2 weeks - flexible

Accommodation: Provided or BYO

Activities: Robyn has reached out to you for support during this super tough time out on the land. The drought is beating them down both physically and financially. She is trying to manage a 70,000 acre sheep station with only 1 employee and the pressure is intense. There is anxiety around getting fencing done to stop the wild dogs, but it is financially difficult to pay wages. She is fighting to keep her property which has been in her family for 95 years. They are looking for support with fencing, drilling holes, tying wire, driving ute or tractor with equipment on board. Perhaps driving a dozer to harvest trees for the starving sheep and cattle to eat. it is not absolutely necessary, however mechanical knowledge is always a massive bonus on a property. Ride a bike to muster if able. The work would be varied to suit. She has a tourism side to her property as well to try and create some cash flow so assistance with that during the busy times would be great also. If you are looking to make a real and practical difference in the lives of our drought affected farmers, this is the placement for you!

When: January

Duration: 2 weeks - flexible

Accommodation: BYO or provided

Activities: Helen has recently lost a close family member and has asked for our assistance in taking care of the property. Your duties will include general caretaking of the property and gardens. If you could only a spend a few days on your way through, that would absolutely be a great option and provide Helen the support and peace of mind she is looking for right now.

When: Now

Duration: 2 weeks - flexible

Accommodation: Preferred BYO but could be flexible

Activities: Shelley, her husband Malcolm and their 3 kids would love your help in making their house a home and helping them move along some maintenance jobs that have been going on for 5 years. They are looking for help with some internal and external painting, some sanding as well as no-more gaping all the tongue and groove walls and ceilings. This will have a massive impact as the gaps are letting dust inside which is far from ideal. There is also some work in the garden to be done to prepare for a vegetable garden and orchard. This will include some digging. If this is something that you or someone that you know would be interested in, please let us know!

When: Early 2019

Duration: 1-2 weeks - flexible

Accommodation: Yes - one bedroom hut with kitchen and bathroom or power/water for caravan

Activities: John and Alison are getting back up on their feet after losing their beloved property recently. In addition to having cattle, they have started up a fencing business to help make a living. They would so greatly appreciate some strong, helping hands to assist with cutting and stacking fence posts which is physically demanding work. There is also fencing to do which worries John a lot. He just doesn't have the capacity to do it all. Their living arrangements on the property are minimal so Alison is staying in town and commutes out to the property daily. Best option is to BYO caravan, stay in town also and go out to the property daily which is about 20-30 minutes one way.

When: Now

Duration: 2 weeks - flexible

Accommodation: BYO caravan - stay at park in town

Activities: Eileen and her husband need your help with getting a fresh coat of paint on their house. Since they both have arthritis in their hands, they are unable to do this themselves and it's hard to find a local painter in such a small remote town. If you think this is something you can help them out with - please get in touch! We look forward to introducing you to this lovely couple.

When: Flexible

Duration: 2 weeks - flexible

Accommodation: Provided or BYO

Activities: Our Bush Chaplain David Ellis who is based in Cloncurry, is on the look out for a Queensland licensed asbestos remover to assist a family who live in his remote area about a hour north of Hughenden. This family have three young children, with two of them doing schooling via Distance Education and School of the Air at the moment. The original homestead is still standing and they are looking into ways they can convert it to use as a school room especially as they will have three in schooling within the next couple of years.

When: Flexible

Duration: 2 weeks - flexible

Accommodation: TBC

Activities: Cecily lives alone as she lost her husband after 57 years marriage last August. She does have a daughter who lives nearby with her husband however she does work full time in town. Cecily has called out for help caretaking her property so she can spend some valuable time with family. She has also been invited to play at concert in Townsville on New Years Eve however this will only be possible if she can have someone take care of her property. Duties would be super basic with her small pet dog, pet birds and some basic watering. This placement would provide a lovely opportunity to lend a meaningful those living in remote Australia reconnect with family and reduce those feelings of constant isolation.

When: Now

Duration: 10 days - flexible

Accommodation: Homestead available as is caravan parking with shower and toilet facilities.

Activities: Felicity & Graeme are newly weds and are looking for support with their 2 young girls with school work, helping establish a veggie garden as well as a vast array of other household chores which are just getting on top of them due to the hard work associated with drought conditions.

When: Now

Duration: 2 weeks

Accommodation: Yes, we have a furnished 2 bedroom cottage

Activities: While Mike and Ann take a very well deserved holiday would you be able to live the farm life for 2 weeks? Your duties will include: Gardening, feeding the dogs & chooks, check waters, put out lick and keep an eye on the cattle, clean throughs and fix a water problem if it arose. If this sounds like something that you are interested in, please contact.

When: 16/03/2019

Duration: 2 weeks

Accommodation: Yes, AC home.

Activities: Bernardine and Rem are looking for some valuable household support whilst their branding muster is happening during the last 3 weeks of their school holidays. These are challenging times of year to keep life with a young family running smoothly and as their youngest is too young to help in the yards, it also means Bernardine is unable to help and the team is down a pair of hands. Your duties will include mainly child minding and assisting with the array of usual household duties such as washing, cooking, gardening and other odd jobs. There may be a possibility to help with cattle work if you were interested.

When: 7-28 January 2019

Duration: 3 weeks

Accommodation: Yes, in our house with separate bathroom. Or can BYO.

Activities: Monique and Robin have reached out to you to help them get back on their feet after some strong winds have caused some damage. They are looking for support to finish off their front deck as well rebuilding a chicken pen that was blown away. Are you handy and able to assist this family? They are also foster parents to 4 kids and so any support you can provide inside the home as well would be great!

When: Flexible (except the beginning of December)

Duration: 2 weeks - flexible

Accommodation: BYO - Power available

Activities: It is extremely difficult for both Veronica and her husband Bill to get away together with their 2 children as they always need someone to care take their property for that to even be a potential possibility. Unfortunately, they had some caretakers lined up and it has fallen through so they are desparately trying to find some replacements so they can get away over the upcoming Christmas for some much needed time off the property. Your duties will include feeding dogs, chooks, 3 foals, 1 milking cow, and 1 pig, checking waters and putting out lick.

When: Now

Duration: 2 weeks

Accommodation: Yes. There is an available room with a fan and a queen size bed, table and chairs. Shower and toilet outside.

Activities: Lorna and Colleen are sisters and are custodians of a sandstone property from 1862. They are both almost 90 and run things between them. To say they work hard, would be an understatement. Their family are working on a long-term solution with them so have reached out to Outback Links volunteers in the interim to assist in relieving some of the relentless pressure. Tasks would include gardening, old maintenance jobs on stone and slab buildings, some cooking, some cleaning and some valuable assistance running their small tourism operation to the property. If you are willing to put your hand to anything and everything and go with the flow, this would be a very rewarding placement.

When: Now

Duration: 2 weeks - flexible

Accommodation: Plenty of room for caravan parking and access to water and power. Access to shower facilities can be arranged if necessary.

Activities: Would you be able to help out Bernard during this tough period? Due to recent fires in Victoria Bernard could really use a hand in re-building his fences that have unfortunately burned down. Your jobs would include: Pulling the fire ruined fences down & re-building, collecting wood from outside of the paddock, carpentry, mechanical, painting, cooking & cleaning. If this sounds like something of interest please contact us.

When: Now

Duration: 1-2 weeks - flexible

Accommodation: No accommodation, but power and shower/ toilet available

Activities: A grazier has called us for back up support as he currently lives alone on his property whilst his three sons are in Perth. This would suit a couple with their own caravan and facilities. He is looking for support with odd jobs around the farm, gardens and looking after pets as well as domestic support with cooking, cleaning, organising and other housework. He would also love the opportunity to go to Perth to see his boys if our volunteers would be comfortable in farm sitting whilst he is away. Can you show the spirit of mateship? Showing that you care and lending not only your practical hands but also you listening ears would be priceless on this placement.

When: As soon as possible

Duration: 2 weeks - flexible

Accommodation: BYO