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Coast family could be deported due to medical condition

Bryan and Tiffany Hunsberger and their children Cooper, 4 and Taylyn, 2 face deportation by the immigration department.
Bryan and Tiffany Hunsberger and their children Cooper, 4 and Taylyn, 2 face deportation by the immigration department. john mccutcheon

A MILD arthritic condition costing about $400 a month to treat could force a Sunshine Coast family contributing $1 million a year to the local economy back to Canada.

Bryan Hunsberger has 28 days from Monday to appeal for new Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to intervene against deportation.

Mr Hunsberger failed his medical because of a mild childhood arthritic condition which is under control and he is happy to pay for the treatment.

The 28-year-old and his wife Tiffany have been running a successful registered training organisation on the Sunshine Coast for six years.

Last year the business contributed $1 million to the local economy.

It trains and employs about 50 people each year and is growing. If the Hunsbergers are forced to return to their former Canadian home, the business will close. But because the program is connected the religious organisation, Youth With a Mission, the couple has to pass a strict medical examination.

"With a religious visa, you have to pass a very big health standard as they don't see religious people as benefiting the economy," Mr Hunsberger said.

"My health costs $400 a month, which I am happy to pay and our school generates over $1 million a year."

Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, is helping the family prepare a submission to Mr Dutton, but they also need community support.

"If we leave the program shuts down and 50 students and staff get kicked out, all because of $400 a month I am happy to pay," Mr Hunsberger said.

"We run the Christmas lights, do food dishes with Good Life Community and feed the homeless in Nambour each week."

Buderim's Amanda Klue is also still waiting to hear if Mr Dutton will intervene in her family's case as they face deportation after the primary visa holder, husband Jannie, died.

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