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Disaster Relief AustraliaDisaster Relief Australia | August 2021
It’s time to announce this month’s Spirit Award winner. This award is presented to members continuously going above and beyond. Those who best embody our core values of courage, mateship, endurance, service, tenacity, and respect. This month’s spirit award goes to Stephen Hull. After reading through many nominations, it’s obvious that Stephen embodies the values of DRA and demonstrates them regularly.
After completing 5 waves at Batlow, Steve dedicated over 40 days to Operation Corkhill. Aside from deploying, he undertook many tasks before the Op commenced such as damage assessments, liaison visits and relocating vehicles and equipment.
Steve has dedicated countless weeks to the NSW south coast community. His contribution is extraordinary and selfless. Aside from deploying in various roles (MC, OPSO, Strike Team Leader and worker), Steve spent numerous hours behind the scenes, planning jobs and liaising with stakeholders and suppliers such as Coates Hire, accommodation and local cafes. His ability to consider the needs of an Op and provide detailed advice to the Theatre Commander about numerous random and unpredictable aspects is unmeasurable. He regularly puts his life on hold in the interests of serving his community.
Recently, Steve heard a DRA member had written off his mums’ car (the only car in the family). This DRA member is the sole carer for his mother and having a car to run errands and attend healthcare appointments is crucial. Steve donated a second-hand car to his fellow DRA member without hesitation.
Since Steve Hull joined DRA, he has played a vital role not only in ACT DRT and in doing so has made a significant contribution to the community in Southern NSW.
As Training Coordinator for ACT DRT, Steve has worked tirelessly to ensure our members have the skills needed to help the community when they are in their greatest need. He has often put up people at his house when they have travelled into Canberra for training from around the region.
Steve has also made a substantial contribution in the field as a strike team member, team leader, Operations Officer and Mission Commander, as well as spending weeks undertaking damage assessments throughout the South Coast of NSW. His attention to detail in operational planning ensures that no stone is left unturned and that the Op runs smoothly. Steve played a critical role in the bushfire recovery work in Batlow NSW, Eurobodalla Shire and most recently in Bega Valley Shire.
Service to others is part of Steve’s DNA. He is the first to volunteer to lead the team and do whatever it takes – either as MC or on the end of a chainsaw – to help members of the community to move forward with their recovery after the worst bushfires in history.
– Michael Young – Disaster Relief Team Manager ACT