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Grandmother. Refugee. Hi-Vis Woman.

After arriving in Australia 2 years ago from Papua New Guinea as a refugee, Merolyn beams with love and gratitude for Australia and the new life she is creating here.

She is so appreciative of Nundah Community Enterprises who have helped her gain new skills, which enable her to support her family and give back to the community. Merolyn is also a grandmother, but like many, due to travel restrictions, has not been able to meet her grandchildren.

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Merolyn wanted to be photographed in her hi-vis work shirt. She wants to show the world that she is a strong and independent woman who works hard and loves the outdoors. She is one of many angels who mow the lawns in the parks, gardens, cleans and hand-weeds this suburb.

“Nundah Village belongs to me – it’s the same as taking care of my own home or backyard.”

This is. series focuses on Nundah locals, interviewed and photographed by local contributor Gaylia Lee. instagram.com/thisismephotography_gaylialee