Welcome to Australia Niamh!

Niamh Scott with her parents Julie and Adrian finds a haven in Caboolture. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
Niamh Scott with her parents Julie and Adrian finds a haven in Caboolture. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood

THE SCOTT family had plenty of reasons to smile last week as they finally got to make the journey to their new home in Australia.

However the road to a life in the land of Aus hasn't been an easy battle for the family.

While Julie, Adrian and their son, Tevin Scott ticked all the boxes as candidates to emigrate from England, the Australian immigration department originally denied their application due to their teen daughter Niamh's disability, as they feared her health would potentially become a cost to the taxpayer.

Thirteen-year-old Niamh has autism and is profoundly deaf.

However the family did not give up on their dream.

The initial denial was followed by a lengthy campaign for appeal by the family including Niamh's twin brothers Stephen and Marc and grandparents Ann and Ray Styants who already lived at Elimbah.

More than 1000 Australian citizens supported their fight to move via a petition asking the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to allow the family to move here.

Member for Longman Wyatt Roy had also written to Immigration Minister Chris Bowen requesting a review.

Fortunately the minister took notice and had the decision revised.

After months of waiting, the family finally set foot in the town they planned to call home from now on.

Niamh's grandmother Ann said the family had already found a home nearby at Elimbah and were in the process of settling in.

"It's a bit stressful but they are settling in fine," she said.

She said the family plan was to enrol Niamh at Caboolture Special School.

Topics:  disability immigration

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