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: Now

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: 27-Nov-2018 - flexible

Accommodation: Preferred BYO but could be flexible

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: 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: 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: 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