Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

CQ Girl Discovered Safe; Sumatra Adventure Turns into Mother's Nightmare

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

CQ Girl Discovered Safe; Sumatra Adventure Turns into Mother's Nightmare

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Byline: Amy Formosa amy.formosa@capnews.com.au

DESPITE being close to 300km away from the earthquake disaster zone of Sumatra, Amanda Fernie walked outside to see the window of a building shaking.

The former Blackwater resident didn't think anything of it until The Morning Bulletin called and told her about the natural disaster which she was oblivious to on Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile her mum Joy in Blackwater, who hasn't been able to get a hold of her daughter since the quake hit on Wednesday, had been having nightmares after hearing about the disaster on the news.

The worried mother, who works at Blackwater Real Estate, was relieved when she received a text message and two calls from a member of VIDA to tell her "everything is fine and Amanda is okay."

"There have been a few tears, and not being able to speak to her on the phone has been a bit scary," Joy said.

Amanda, who is a primatologist, arrived in the Bukit Tigapuluh Forest to work with the Australian Orangutan Project and the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Project with VIDA last month. …

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