Murugappan family begin long-awaited return to Biloela

The Murugappan family will touch down in Brisbane during their return to Biloela from Perth, after spending four years in a community detention centre.

The Tamil family, who came to Australia from Sri Lanka as refugees a decade ago have been involved in a years long battle to return to their home in outback Queensland, where they had been living on bridging visas.

The family will be making their return to the outback community on Friday, where the community will celebrate their long-awaited arrival.

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Priya and Nades Murugappan's youngest daughter, four year-old Tharnicaa, will experience her first birthday out of detention shortly after.

Mrs Murugappan said the family were excited to return home while boarding a flight in Perth this morning.

"Me and my family are very happy to start our journey back to our community in Bilo," she said.

"Thank you to all in Perth love you Perth, thank you."

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she welcomed the family's return to the state.

"It's a very good day today that the family's returning home to Queensland," the premier said.

"It means a lot to the community and I think it means a lot to that family."

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Residents from the small outback community have been fighting for the family's return since their home was raided and they were detained in 2018.

The Home to Bilo campaign, run by locals has been integral in getting the family home.

Angela Fredericks said the family and their supporters were pleased the Murugappan could finally begin to rebuild their lives.

"We have spoken with Priya and Nades and they share our overwhelming sense of joy and relief at this news, and we all welcome the decision to issue the entire family with bridging visas," Fredericks said when the news was announced.

"But this family will never be safe until they have permanency in Australia."

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