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Family: Stacey Richardson was surrounded by family, Josh, mum Audrey, Cody and Nathan
after winning the Yarram Eisteddfod Committee award for her outstanding performance in
instrument and vocal sections of this year’s eisteddfod.
Warming up: a brand new fire place has warmed up the Commercial Hotel in Yarram. Lo-
cals Betty Jeffs, Marg Ryan and Lil Collins checked out the new fire place last week before
they enjoyed a relaxing counter meal. Call into the Commercial and feel the warmth.
SO often we take for granted the road to
becoming a doctor.
Yarram doctor Hamed Quiban was recently
invited to be the guest speaker at Yarram Rotary
where he told the story of his journey from his
homeland Iraq to Australia and Yarram.
It is a fascinating story of hard work, adven-
ture, dedication and sacrifice.
“My grandfather ensured my father was well
educated and he in turn instilled this value in his
children” he said.
Dr Quiban is from a large, loving family of
eleven children, seven boys and four girls. All
have achieved a high level of education enabling
them to pursue their various successful profes-
sions and careers.
“My father was a school principal and when
he retired he went back on the land and now looks
after 1,000 acres of wheat and barley.”
Upon completing his primary and secondary
schooling, Dr Quiban was accepted into medi-
cal school in Iraq, he studied for six years at the
Guest speaker: Dr Hamed Quiban (centre) was
the guest speaker at Yarram Rotary Club meet-
ing recently. Dr Quiban is pictured with from
left Wellington Shire councillor Bob Wenger,
Bill Bodman, Melinda Neist, Eric Greenaway
and Rotary club president Rob Davies.
On the road to healing
“My time of studying was during the Iraq and
Iran war and we could constantly hear the shell-
ing during our lectures.”
The end of the war coincided with the end of
Dr Quiban’s study, after which he went on to be-
come the head of The Infectious Disease Project.
In Iraq and many countries in the Middle
East, military service is compulsory. Those with
an education must serve for one and half years,
for those without education it is three years. Dr
Qubian served with a medical unit during the first
After the war and his military service ended he
continued to train as an orthopaedic surgeon. He
later became the Director of a Nursing School and
then CEO of a rural hospital in the south of Iraq.
“My brother and I chose to move to Jordon
where we worked together in his business, im-
porting European cars into Iraq. “After this I went
to Yemen where I had to adapt to life in a much
more primitive country. Here I worked with the
American Oil Company looking after the health
of their workers and the Bedouins.
“After I finished in Yemen, I applied to im-
migrate to New Zealand, passed the test and set
out to New Zealand to start again. “Here I had to
start from scratch, sitting for exams to qualify for
work, once I passed the exams I was employed as
a medical officer and joined the emergency train-
ing program,” Dr Quiban said.
After the war and in 2003 Dr Quiban went
back to Iraq and married Dr Yamama Abbas.
The couple returned to New Zealand and sev-
eral years later they moved to Australia.
“Again we had to start from scratch, sitting
and passing exams. I gained employment at the
Box Hill hospital under the scheme of training as
an emergency doctor there,” he said.
Sometime later Dr Quiban started his General
“Again I had to start from scratch. Being a GP
has allowed me more time with my young fam-
ily,” he said.
During his travels Dr Qubian has also worked
in nine hospitals in New Zealand and 14 hospitals
After travelling and working all round Austra-
lia, Dr Quiban heard there was a clinic for sale in
Yarram, The King Street Clinic and he decided to
look into this practice.
“No one knew about Yarram, which surprised
me as it is such a lovely place, full of nice, friend-
ly people. I bought the clinic, my wife and I love
it, we have settled here and this is our life now.”
Dr Qubian and Dr Abbas have three young
boys, two of whom are attending Yarram Primary
School. The family have made many good friends
in the area including the family of his practice
manager and good friend Melinda Neist, togeth-
er they plan to expand the services at The King
Dr Qubian and Dr Abbas are very much look-
ing forward to the future and an enjoyable career
and lifestyle in Yarram.
IT is that time of year again when Wel-
lington Shire Council is looking for
nominations for their Australia Day
Awards for 2017.
Wellington Shire Council are inviting nominations
across four categories:
Citizen of the Year
those persons 25 years or older
who have made a significant contribution during the
current year and/or given outstanding service to the
local community over a number of years
Young Citizen of the Year
those persons 24 years
or younger who have made a significant contribution
during the current year and/or given outstanding ser-
vice to the local community over a number of years
Community Event of the Year
presented to the per-
son or group who has staged the most outstanding
community event during the year
Community Group of the Year
a group that has
made a sustained and significant contribution to the
Wellington Shire community.
“It is highly important we congratulate those ex-
traordinary citizens and recognise the generosity of our
volunteers on their contribution to our community,” Wel-
lington Shire mayor Cr Darren McCubbin, said.
“You can nominate any person, group or event for
our 2017 awards that has made a significant contribution
to Wellington Shire. By nominating you are acknowl-
edging the important role our citizens play in making
our Shire a happy, bright, enjoyable and thriving place
to live, work, play and visit.”
If you know a person, group or event that deserves
to be recognised for their outstanding contribution or
achievement in our community, please nominate them
for a 2017 Australia Day Award.
Council only accepts nominations provided on of-
ficial nomination forms. These can be collected from
Customer Service Centres in Sale and Yarram or at any
Wellington Shire Library branch including the Mobile
You can also download a hard copy form or sub-
mit your nomination online at http://www.wellington.
Awards. Closing date for nominations is Friday, Octo-
2017 Australia Day Award
nominations now open
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