On a cold February afternoon in the remote southern corner of Western Australia, a family of six is playing in the wooded hills of Western Tasmania.
They are playing football and watching a football game.
They have a few hundred kilometres separating them from the town of Woomera, and they are the only visitors to the town.
The group, all of them older, are all in good health.
They all have sunburns, some have minor injuries and others are in serious condition.
They haven’t had to travel far in the past year to visit their friends in Woomeria, which is about 30 kilometres away.
The only people they have ever met are family members and friends.
The players’ father, Darren, is sitting with his son, a 19-year-old from the neighbouring town of Woodbine.
They talk about the game, the weather, the sun, the road.
“When we first arrived, I couldn’t believe the number of people,” Darren says.
“I didn’t know if they were going to be here.
And the only people we know are family and friends.” “
Now, it’s a whole day.
And the only people we know are family and friends.”
Darren and his wife, Jessica, are both retired teachers.
They moved here in 2005.
“We moved here from Woomela when it was just a small town.
We had no electricity, no running water, no heat, no telephone,” Darren explains.
“It’s pretty bleak, and there’s no schools here.”
But the couple had been trying to move to Woomia for a while, but were told that there was no way to get the electricity in there.
“So we were going for the bus and that’s when I decided we’d stay here,” Darren remembers.
“Then, about two weeks ago, we were told the electricity had been switched off and it’s been that way ever since.”
It’s been raining for a couple of weeks, so it’s very cold here.
There’s no air conditioning.
It’s freezing and we’ve had to spend a lot of money on our winter coats and jackets.
We’ve been sleeping in the cold, but the wind is getting worse.
“And we have a car and a truck, so we can get to Wompa,” he says. “
If we can’t go, then we’ll just leave,” Darren tells Jessica.
“And we have a car and a truck, so we can get to Wompa,” he says.
The pair have been planning to leave for Wompas town for months now, but with no electricity and no phone service, they had to wait until this week to do so.
“They’ve given us some money to buy our own things and we’re going to buy everything for the car and the truck,” Jessica says.
They don’t know when they will be able to leave.
“The electricity is really, really bad here,” Jessica tells Darren.
“A couple of days ago, they started cutting our trees down.”
The family has been playing in a wooded area near Woomi, on the outskirts of the town, for a few years.
Darren and Jessica, who are retired teachers, moved to Wombasa, 40 kilometres away, a couple years ago.
“One of the biggest changes was that we couldn’t get electricity,” Jessica explains.
When they first arrived in Womba, Darren says, it was hard to get a telephone.
“There was no electricity.
And it wasn’t until recently, when they switched it off, that we got a phone, but not the power,” he tells Jessica, her voice breaking.
The electricity is so bad, that they can’t get a phone because it’s not connected.
“But we’re still in the bush,” she adds.
The family have no other option but to stay and hope for the best.
They know it is going to get better.
But it’s going to take time.
The trees are getting older and less green.
“With the trees coming down, there’s a lot less life there,” Darren explained.
The families’ lives are on hold for now.
“Right now we’re just trying to wait and see how long it will take for them to get their electricity,” Darren said.
“Until they have the electricity, we’re stuck.”
Darren says they are hopeful the electricity will be restored in time for Christmas, but that is not likely.
“Even though we don’t have any money, we have our own savings and we can still make some money,” he said.
Darren is still hopeful the power will be reconnected by Christmas, and says that if they can get it back in time, then they’ll stay.
“Every time we go in, we make sure to buy something for the animals,” Darren told the ABC.
“Our children go in with the kids.
It makes us feel good, because we can make some cash.”
But if the power