The Murugappan family will land in Brisbane on their return to Biloela from Perth after spending four years in a community detention center.
The Tamil family, who came to Australia as refugees from Sri Lanka ten years ago, have struggled for years to return to their home in the outback of Queensland, where they lived on transition visas.
The family will return to the outback community on Friday, where the community will celebrate their long-awaited arrival.
Priya and Nades Murugappan’s youngest daughter, four-year-old Tharnicaa, will be celebrating her first birthday out of detention shortly after.
Ms Murugappan said the family were delighted to go home this morning as they boarded a flight in Perth.
“Me and my family are very happy to begin our journey back to our community in Bilo,” she said.
“Thank you to everyone in Perth love you Perth, thank you.”
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said she welcomed the family’s return to the state.
“Today is a very good day for the family to return to Queensland,” the Prime Minister said.
“It means a lot to the community and I think it means a lot to that family.”
Residents of the small outback community have been fighting for the family’s return since their home was robbed and detained in 2018.
The Home to Bilo campaign, run by locals, was an integral part of getting the family home.
Angela Fredericks said the family and their supporters were happy that the Murugappan could finally begin rebuilding their lives.
“We spoke with Priya and Nades and they share our overwhelming sense of joy and relief at this news, and we are all delighted at the decision to issue bridging visas to the entire family,” Fredericks said when the news was announced.
“But this family will never be safe until they are permanently in Australia.”