GP gets a taste of community spirit

But almost four years on, he has gotten used to the one supermarket, the one post office and two hotels that make Fitzroy Crossing home.

“My uncle lives in Tasmania and I’d been there and would describe it as remote. So, when I came to Fitzroy Crossing, I was expecting something similar. It was totally different and a real shock.

“My wife didn’t join me for the first few months. She’s a real city girl. I convinced her to come by telling her there was a small shopping mall. But that burnt down two months later.

“We came here for a better quality of life though, and have grown to love it,” he said.

But the Mansour family’s happiness in the town was almost dashed when the department of immigration rejected their application for permanent residency last year.

Dr Mansour’s five-year-old daughter has cerebral palsy which, the department said, would result in $960,000 worth of costs