Gain permission to stay in Australia & continue to support our drought affected community.

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My name is Rebecca Ellison and I am a 29 years old from Eastbourne in the UK. I have been living in the rural border town community of Mungindi in north western NSW since February 2015. I have a Diploma in Early Childhood and Education and an Honours degree in Youth Justice. Since I moved to this town in the little drought stricken community which I now fondly call home, I have been providing a pivotal family day care service through Moree Family day care. I currently have 13 families on my books and a waiting list with several more families on it. Prior to the commencement of my business, there weren't any registered day care services in Mungindi despite the local Progress Association trying to encourage locals to fill this void. As well as this service, I have also volunteered on the Show committee which I have now held an executive position for two years, I have sponsored a local football team and was involved in two amateur stage show productions which raise money for voluntary community groups in Mungindi. I have devoted myself to this warm little community and the people who live here wholeheartedly and have made many fond memories and lifelong friends who I can call family.

As my working/holiday visa was due to expire, I previously applied for the 187 Regional Sponsored Visa which sadly was declined through a tribunal hearing. After this was declined I applied for Ministerial Intervention which was again recently unfortunately declined on the 11/12/19 with no explanation other than it not being ‘in the public’s best interest.’ The letter was addressed to me from the Immigration Minister Hon. David Coleman. This decision has left me with little time to arrange alternative solutions and the Christmas New Year Period has made it very challenging. I am not a typical backpacker with a suit case at a hostel. I have a rental agreement, a tax paying business and assets that need to be considered during this tight time frame.

I have been very fortunate to receive many letters of support from the community who are gravely concerned about the future of working parents within our community, especially during a time of such dire drought when both adult family members are trying to work to stay alive. The Hon. Mark Coulton, Adam Marshall and our local Counsellor Sue Price have all offered their support for my case and doing what they can to assist and guide me through these next steps.

Mungindi is currently battling an extremely tough time and the service I provide is pivotal and important to the longevity of these working families and allowing them to remain within our community at a time when many are having to leave.

It is for these reason that I please ask you to sign my petition to help support my case for a second Ministerial Intervention and hopefully have my visa granted. Mungindi is a place I call home now and I would be deeply saddened to have to say goodbye to the community, my parents and children and friends I have made.