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What does an Australia Territory mean for me?

What does an Australia Territory mean for me?

What does an Australia Territory mean for me?

29 November 2018

Ten people, representing a cross-section of The Salvation Army, provide a snapshot of what impact the creation of a national territory will have on them.


Samuel Higginbottom Youth leader, Western Australia

“With a united Australia, The Salvation Army can be more effective in its mission, and I can also be more effective in my own mission to see the lives of youth changed for Jesus throughout Australia.”


Captain Carolyn O’Brien, Associate Corps Officer, Sydney Congress Hall

“I’m excited about the opportunity for The Salvation Army to have a united vision across the whole of Australia and a plan to progress into the future. The changes will hopefully improve our services at the frontline and allow us to quickly and more efficiently respond to people’s physical and spiritual needs.”


Lucy Davis, Divisional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Coordinator 

“A united Australia Territory means holistic approaches and better outcomes for practising ministry. We will have purposeful ‘yarns’ and be able to contribute to national agendas like closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples and then share these ‘yarns’ with all levels of ministry.”

Major Peter Sutcliffe, Area Officer, Central Queensland

“We can no longer be a force to be reckoned with if our resources are spread thinly. Coming together as one has meant that we have had to review what we do and stick to the things that we do well. For other things it means that we have to work more collaboratively with other agencies. Our Vision and Mission Statements encompass all of Australia, which makes it much easier for the Australian public to fully appreciate who we are.” 

Major Margaret Watters, Great-granddaughter of Australian pioneer Salvationist John Gore

“As we get older I guess it’s harder to accept change, and it is a temptation to look back to ‘the good old days’. But as I learn more about Australia One, I believe the combining of our resources could revitalise our Army, providing we retain our core mission and values of ‘saving souls, growing saints and serving suffering humanity!’ To serve a present age we must always seek our calling to fulfil.” 

Edwina Morgan, General Manager, Strategy and Customer, Salvos Stores

“For Salvos Stores, it will mean bringing together the best retail practices from both territories so that we can consistently give our customers a great experience – implementing more consistent in-store promotions, product ranges and branding. We’ll also have a national presence with one website and national social media accounts.” 

Paul Hughes Volunteer, Western Australia

“It will define unity; we will be one Salvation Army across Australia, one family.” 


Clare Jurasovic Aged care centre manager, Barrington Lodge

“When we form a united Australia Territory, having a governing body of aged care experts will be a huge advantage to me because I will have people with specific aged care experience to guide me and with whom I can consult and share the burden of responsibility. The current skill set will expand and diversify, and I anticipate having a pool of people to call upon as a resource, particularly in a crisis like when payroll is due and the only two staff really proficient in this are both absent!” 

Captain Kim Haworth Corps Officer, Wyndham City-Werribee Corps

“My hope is it will mean greater unity in our diversity, with increased collaboration and resource-sharing that will maximise our influence, strengthen our national voice and result in us achieving our vision to the glory of God!” 

Colin Sweeney Soldier, Campbelltown Corps

“I hope this opportunity allows The Salvation Army to reinvent itself, for corps to be more nimble in their ministries and most importantly, the good news of Jesus Christ proclaimed to our communities in a way that God will use for his glory.” 

Read Scott Simpson's article on the formation of a new Australia Territory.


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