A YOUNG Glasgow woman has issued a plea to the Government to help get her home - after she was left stranded in Australia due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Nichola Petermann, 25, from Mount Florida in the South Side of the city, saved her money to travel to Australia on a working holiday visa. She planned to work in a Roadhouse in the Outback.

She was only in her dream job for a week before the news of the Coronavirus pandemic hit and the country went into lockdown.

Nichola is currently stuck in Australia, with the only option for returning home costing thousands of pounds, and is calling on the Government to help return her home.

She said: “I know the British consular is in talks with Singapore to open as a transit hub to allow British nationals through but so far we have had no confirmation and have no idea when this will happen and if it will happen.

She added: “We’ve already asked so many people for help.”

She continued: “This has all happened so quickly, having more notice from the Government about border closures would’ve definitely helped. No one seems to be communicating with each other or know what is going on, I’m getting all this different information from airlines, the Government, the British embassy and other travellers and no one knows who to believe.

“More needs to be done to get us home, no matter how they do that. We’re being urged by the British Government to come home immediately but with no way of doing that.”

An FCO spokesperson said: “We recognize British tourists abroad are finding it difficult to return to the UK because of the unprecedented international travel and domestic restrictions that are being introduced around the world – often with very little or no notice.

“The FCO is working around the clock to support British travellers in this situation to allow them to come back to the UK.

"The Government is seeking to keep key transit routes open as long as possible and is in touch with international partners and the airline industry to make this happen. Consular staff are supporting those with urgent need while providing travel advice and support to those still abroad.”