Families reunite in Perth after one year apart

WA’s strict border measures meant Alison Loseby missed her daughter’s wedding last month, but she has made it home in time to see her family and even meet one of her grandchildren for the first time.

Ms Loseby arrived in Perth on Tuesday morning from Sydney and was greeted by her daughter Vanessa Butcher, as well as her four young grandchildren.

The family had been waiting more than one year to be reunited.

“(She booked her ticket) as soon as she found out that the borders were due to be opened today, and obviously that was in question until yesterday, so we were very excited with the news,” Ms Butcher told NCA NewsWire.

“She missed my sister’s wedding — only just.

“I put her on my phone the whole time.”

Ms Butcher said her mother could only stay until Sunday, but was excited to meet her youngest grandchild.

“We’re just happy to be together,” she said.

As Ms Loseby finished with customs and the COVID screening process, she eagerly embraced her daughter and gushed over her grandchildren.

Travellers from NSW are no longer required to quarantine in WA and many are expected to arrive in the lead-up to Christmas.

Alan and Barbara Mitchell meet their granddaughter Celeste Mitchellson at Perth Airport.Source:Supplied

The Cooper family also gathered at the airport to greet journalist Natalia Cooper, who is visiting for just two days.

Her brother Nick Cooper told NCA NewsWire it had been about one year since they had been together.

Ms Cooper’s sister and her three children were also excited to see her and even made some posters to welcome her home.

TV journalist Natalia Cooper was reunited with her family at the airport.Source:Supplied

“We obviously feel very lucky to be in WA and Australia, and obviously now it’s been recognised that it’s safe to travel across these borders, so we’re so excited to reunite with one another,” Mr Cooper said.

“I’m in full support of the government’s decisions.

“We obviously take the best health advice in Australia and this has led us to the point where we are now, so we’re so thankful to be somewhere like this and to be able to reunite eventually is such an awesome feeling.”

Natalia Cooper (right) was greeted by sister Lauren Cooper.Source:Supplied

Alan and Barbara Mitchell waited patiently to pick up their granddaughter, Celeste Mitchellson, who has been in NSW for four months and is moving back to Perth.

“It’s too long, especially when we thought she might not get home for Christmas, that was pretty tough,” Mr Mitchell told NCA NewsWire.

The family embraced after Ms Mitchellson made her way through customs and the screening process at the airport.

She has made it home just in time to attend a friend’s wedding next weekend.

Ms Mitchellson said her ticket had cost about $500, including $100 to change her flight.

But she said she felt no resentment.

“Leaving WA and going to NSW in August/September you could really see the difference that having such a strict border had,” she said.

“We already had restaurants open and it felt like pretty-well normal life even then in WA.

“NSW was still so strict. I’m grateful that WA stayed safe.”

Louis Cooper waits for his aunt at Perth Airport.Source:Supplied

The Cooper family also gathered at the airport to greet journalist Natalia Cooper, who is visiting for just two days.

Her brother Nick Cooper told NCA NewsWire it had been about one year since they had been together.

Ms Cooper’s sister and her three children were also excited to see her and even made some posters to welcome her home.

“We obviously feel very lucky to be in WA and Australia, and obviously now it’s been recognised that it’s safe to travel across these borders, so we’re so excited to reunite with one another,” Mr Cooper said.

“I’m in full support of the government’s decisions.

“We obviously take the best health advice in Australia and this has led us to the point where we are now, so we’re so thankful to be somewhere like this and to be able to reunite eventually is such an awesome feeling.”

Chris Madden has not seen her family in WA for about one year.Source:Supplied

Hannah Ireland, who has lived in Sydney for three years, was reunited with her father after about six months apart.

Ms Ireland managed to find a cheap flight on Monday and will only be in WA for five days.

“It’s always lovely to see family,” she said.

Chris and Con Madden, who are from Victoria but travelled via NSW, had not seen their family for about one year and plan to stay in WA for two months.

“FaceTime is just not the same,” Ms Madden said.

There were emotional sccenes as the first passengers to Western Australia from NSW arrived. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Tony McDonoughSource:Supplied

The couple have another grandchild on the way, due in January.

Asked if they thought today was ever going to happen, Ms Madden said: “We weren’t certain of anything, no, we just had our fingers crossed.”

Mr Madden said they were going to come to WA for Christmas regardless of the border situation.

“Even late yesterday, we just didn’t know. But we were resigned to the fact that we were going to quarantine. We were coming anyway,” he said.

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