Home to a fu­ture that’s so for­eign

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - CINDY WOCKNER Anal­y­sis

SCHAPELLE Corby will turn 40 in July.

Al­most one-third of those years, 12 years and eight months to be pre­cise, has been spent in Bali, ei­ther be­hind bars or try­ing to carve out a life in Kuta while on pa­role.

For that en­tire time she has been in­stantly recog­nis­able. Both her name and her face are hard to forget.

And the tran­si­tion from Bali to the Gold Coast will not be an easy one.

When she left the small lo­cal home, in a dead end of Pu­dak Sari Lane in Kuta, for the last time yes­ter­day she said a tear­ful good­bye to a life where she has man­aged to find a mod­icum of equi­lib­rium af­ter so many years of tur­moil.

While she has lived in Bali, she has man­aged to re­main for the most part rel­a­tively anony­mous. Her lo­cal beach is not over­run by tourists, nor is her laneway home. Her rou­tine has been sim­ple. Run­ning at the beach, swim­ming and snorkelling, body­board­ing with boyfriend Ben Panan­gian, and en­joy­ing oc­ca­sional nights out with friends and fam­ily at restau­rants and clubs.

In her first year on pa­role, af­ter al­most a decade in jail, she ap­peared to make the most of her new free­dom. On that new year’s eve she wel­comed 2015 at Kuta’s Sky Gar­den club with her sis­ter Mercedes and half-sis­ter Me­leane Kisina.

Fre­quently by her side has been Panan­gian. His two drug con­vic­tions may cause prob­lems for at­tempts to se­cure him a visa to Aus­tralia.

Their re­la­tion­ship started in jail, where they were both pris­on­ers, af­ter they met in 2006. Leav­ing him in Bali would not have been easy for Corby. And she will not have him by her side when she tries to re-es­tab­lish a life for her­self on the Gold Coast, as she did in Bali when she got out of jail.

The Gold Coast will be for­eign to her.

She is anx­ious about go­ing home, about leav­ing all that she knows so well and tran­si­tion­ing to an­other world.

And she is frag­ile. She doesn’t know how she will fit into Aus­tralian so­ci­ety.

COU­PLE: Schapelle Corby with her boyfriend Ben af­ter a trip to the beach.

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