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Bush kids in safe hands away from home

Wednesday, 9th February, 2011

House Parents John and Vicki Netherclift with Allison House boarders (from left) Ainsley Young 15, Michael Norris 14, Jessie Degoumois 15, Raeah Foord 16, Katelyn Rogers 12, Dale Sanderson 15, and Jack Davies 14 House Parents John and Vicki Netherclift with Allison House boarders (from left) Ainsley Young 15, Michael Norris 14, Jessie Degoumois 15, Raeah Foord 16, Katelyn Rogers 12, Dale Sanderson 15, and Jack Davies 14

By Caitlin Keenan

Allison House has welcomed a new group of bush students and supervisors.

The hostel's chairman, Margaret Andrews, said Allison House has been offering accommodation for students since 1964.

Mrs Andrews said there were nine students boarding there this year but next year there should be double that number.

She said Allison House was also was very pleased to welcome two new House Parents, husband and wife team John and Vicki Netherclift, who were very keen.

"They have the welfare of the children at heart" she said.

The couple moved here last year from Dalby, Queensland, where Mr Netherclift was a Minister for the Church of Christ.

He said he and his wife had been working with youngsters for about 15 years and that Allison House was a great opportunity for them.

He said he wanted it to be "a home away from home with a mixture of love and necessary boundaries that all kids need."

One of the boarders, Jessie Degoumois, is in year 10 at Broken Hill High School and said she had been at Allison House for four years.

She said she probably wouldn't be able to go to school in Broken Hill if it wasn't for the accommodation at Allison House and it was a very enjoyable place to stay.

"You get to live with your best friends, pretty much," she said.

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