In Response to: Black Summer bushfires
LOCATION: Kangaroo Island
Wave 1 – 12th to 19th June 2022
Wave 2 – 19th to 25th June 2022
Adelaide DRT members are strongly encouraged to submit their EOI!
During the 2019-2020 Black summer bushfire season, fires raged through the northern and western areas of Kangaroo Island, extensively damaging bushland, farming land, residential and commercial infrastructure. Some 38% of the Island was burnt out, with the heaviest damage extending from the centre of the island through to the Western end.
Disaster Relief Australia has previously conducted two national operations on Kangaroo Island to assist with the recovery from the Black Summer Fires. Both Operation Turner and Operation Tiger in 2020 were cut short due to Covid-19.
In March of 2022 our operations team re-visited the island to re-assess previous unfinished taskings to also complete further damage assessments on properties that still require assistance. DRA is now looking to once again offer assistance to help not only complete the recovery work, but also resilience work in the areas that will once again be at risk when the next bushfire season arrives.
Everybody will be able to make a contribution in some way. They will bring their own life experiences and be able to make a purposeful impact on other people – and that’s such a wonderful thing to be able to do to people in our community who may not have that access to those resources in another way.
Joining DRA has given me more meaning to fill in the spare time that I’ve had and come down and help the community. The self-worth it gives you and the interaction with other veterans’ emergency service is just great to see the smiles and the community starting to recover from this tragedy.
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