OPERATION CHAPPLE

Location: South Australia
Status: January – February 2022

Covid logistics response

Despite the many challenges of operating in a COVID-19 environment, DRA has adapted to deploy multiple small and large scale operations across Australia. With the rapid increase in SARS-CoV-2 Omicron patients across Australia the COVID 19 pandemic has transitioned from PCR testing stations to the provision of self-testing Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) for patient self-diagnosis.

The South Australian Government has a requirement to provide RAT kits to eligible residents who have registered the need for a government-provided test self-diagnosis kit in line with SA Government regulations. The volume of tests that require distribution will be managed through temporary distribution centres.

DRA has been asked to work alongside the SA Government and other selected agencies and community organisations to assist with logistics and Incident Management Team activity on the distribution of RAT kits to eligible SA residents through a drive-thru collection point, with the first of these located in the Adelaide Parklands.

With our unique skill set in relation to being able to rapidly mobilise DRTs and our ability to manage high-demand logistics, we are one of the community organisations best placed to assist with the scale and time demands of a temporary and large-scale distribution centre such as this, plus the setup of additional sites across the state.

DRA will be assisting in the scope and setup of these locations across South Australia and will continue to provide IMT support at the RAT Distribution Super Centre on the corner of Anzac Highway and Greenhill Road (Adelaide Parklands/CBD) and will deploy two (2) command elements to assist with the establishment of approximately 10 additional RAT distribution sites.

All activities will be contactless and in accordance with strict COVID guidelines.

News and Field Ops Reports

Caught Everybody by Surprise, Tony Carusi Thanks

The floods caught us. They caught everybody by surprise. The magnitude and the speed with which the flood came up; the hundred-year flood is nothing compared to this one. We were awake all night. We’d put our heads down for ten minutes and then jump up to see where...

Really Rewarding, Health Care Australia Volunteers

Today was really rewarding and a big eye-opener seeing how much was destroyed in the floods. It’s one thing hearing about it - but seeing it is completely different! When we first arrived at a homeowner's house, we thought "this is a huge job, how are we going to do...

Never seen anything like this ever – Steve Baker Community Reflection

I’ve lived here for 12 months but I've never seen anything like this ever. About a metre of water came barrelling down the stairs and ramps. The water pressure has blown the heavy fire doors off their hinges and ripped them in half. It’s come through the carpark and...

Positive About the Future – David

Before moving to Gipsy Point in 2009, I was living in Melbourne and just felt like a tree and sea change, I've been here about 12 years now with my partner and our dog Trixie. The day the fire came through was pretty heavy, we had been watching it on the internet for...

I Have Hope Again – Takeshi

The day the fires came into Mallacoota a farmer friend told me it is really coming. My house is on the outskirts of Mallacoota, my driveway is quite long, so I thought, if I stay, I won't know if the fire comes to us, so decided to go to the shop. I planned to camp...

Afghan Refugees Rolling up Sleeves for Disaster Relief

In December 2019, devastating bushfires ripped through the Adelaide Hills, destroying 86 houses and damaging around 160 more as well as burning through hundreds of hectares of farmland and vineyards. Following these unprecedented Black Summer bushfires, Disaster...

A Fence at the Front of the Property Again – Bushfire Impacted Homeowner Judy

I have lived in the area for over 40 years on and off. I moved to Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and lived there for nine years before coming back here. It’s our family farm of 200 acres. We, my son and daughter-in-law, left for town two days before the fire came...

Motivated Us to Action – Don and Jane

One of our biggest concerns, when the bushfires were coming, were our cattle. We wanted them to be safe, and despite everything, they all survived. No burnt hooves, none needed to be put down. The rest of the property didn’t fare so well. Our house narrowly survived...

Part of My Life Forever – Esther

It was all a bit surreal when the fires came through. It may have been 18 months ago but the feelings are all still there and quite upsetting. I remember that when I drove out of here with a few things in my caravan I didn’t realise how close it was, or how serious...

Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor Pinson Volunteers for Flood Recovery

Peta Pinson is the first woman elected to the role of Mayor in the region of Port Macquarie-Hastings, NSW. For her first term in office, she has witnessed two fires, an ongoing pandemic and is now overseeing the recovery of her community after the devastating...

Harry Thorpe | The story behind the name

Harry Thorpe (1886-1918) Harry was a Brabuwoloong man of the Gunaikrnai nation and a courageous soldier enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Sale on 12 February 1916. In 1916 Harry was one of an estimated 800 to 1000 Aboriginal people who volunteered to enlist...

Disaster Resilience and Recovery in Mallacoota (Two Years Post Black Summer)

Bushfire Recovery for Mallacoota 2 Years After Bearing the Brunt of Black Summer It is difficult to forget the out-of-control bushfire engulfing the Gippsland township of Mallacoota on New Years Eve 2019. Apocalyptic images of thousands taking refuge on a beach under...

Harry Thorpe | The story behind the name

Harry Thorpe (1886-1918) Harry was a Brabuwoloong man of the Gunaikrnai nation and a courageous soldier enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Sale on 12 February 1916. In 1916 Harry was one of an estimated 800 to 1000 Aboriginal people who volunteered to enlist...

Disaster Resilience and Recovery in Mallacoota (Two Years Post Black Summer)

Bushfire Recovery for Mallacoota 2 Years After Bearing the Brunt of Black Summer It is difficult to forget the out-of-control bushfire engulfing the Gippsland township of Mallacoota on New Years Eve 2019. Apocalyptic images of thousands taking refuge on a beach under...

Harry Thorpe | The story behind the name

Harry Thorpe (1886-1918) Harry was a Brabuwoloong man of the Gunaikrnai nation and a courageous soldier enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Sale on 12 February 1916. In 1916 Harry was one of an estimated 800 to 1000 Aboriginal people who volunteered to enlist...

Disaster Resilience and Recovery in Mallacoota (Two Years Post Black Summer)

Bushfire Recovery for Mallacoota 2 Years After Bearing the Brunt of Black Summer It is difficult to forget the out-of-control bushfire engulfing the Gippsland township of Mallacoota on New Years Eve 2019. Apocalyptic images of thousands taking refuge on a beach under...

Harry Thorpe | The story behind the name

Harry Thorpe (1886-1918) Harry was a Brabuwoloong man of the Gunaikrnai nation and a courageous soldier enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Sale on 12 February 1916. In 1916 Harry was one of an estimated 800 to 1000 Aboriginal people who volunteered to enlist...

Disaster Resilience and Recovery in Mallacoota (Two Years Post Black Summer)

Bushfire Recovery for Mallacoota 2 Years After Bearing the Brunt of Black Summer It is difficult to forget the out-of-control bushfire engulfing the Gippsland township of Mallacoota on New Years Eve 2019. Apocalyptic images of thousands taking refuge on a beach under...

Community & Volunteer Reflections

All the Reward I Need, Veteran Phil Wharton

A veteran friend suggested I look at Disaster Relief Australia when I was looking for an opportunity to give back after many years of paid work. I was immediately impressed by DRA’s focus on getting things done and helping others in their hour of need. Thinking about...

See the Impact of DRA, Veteran Tory

I was previously in the infantry for eight years. I've transferred across and are currently serving full time in the Royal Australian Air Force. When I was posted up in North Queensland, I saw the impact of Disaster Relief Australia during the Townsville floods. I...

Put My Skills to Use Helping Australians, Veteran Spot Swales

I was drawn to volunteer with Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) due to its focus on supporting veterans. After service in the Royal Australian Navy in the 1960s and 1970s, I wanted to put my skills to use in helping Australians, especially with the recent floods in New...

Passion to Give up Time for Community, Veteran, Alan Ashman

I first heard about Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) by following the journey of another member who has been with DRA for a few years and seeing the operations that he had deployed on. Seeing the great work he's done as a member of DRA led me to think "this is an...

Positive Support Through Empowerment – Veteran, Josh Bailey 

My military service began at age 17 as an Army reservist, with the 2/17 Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment. Based in Blacktown, Sydney. Not long prior, I completed year ten and had an apprenticeship fall through. It was a friend in the reserves who drew my...

True Heroes – Veteran, Wayne Larson

In the 80’s I was a writer in the Navy. My grandfather, my great uncle, cousins, myself and now my son, all joined the Navy. It was generational. After 5 years of service, I left and headed down a pathway in training and development, training in First Aid and...

Constant Push to Improve and Expand – Ben Abbott, Veteran, Fire Fighter

I found Disaster Relief Australia when I was searching for ways to get more involved with humanitarian aid. I had been involved with medical volunteering agencies, but when the focus shifted from international travel to domestic only, I thought DRA sounded great for...

Positive About the Future – David

Before moving to Gipsy Point in 2009, I was living in Melbourne and just felt like a tree and sea change, I've been here about 12 years now with my partner and our dog Trixie. The day the fire came through was pretty heavy, we had been watching it on the internet for...

I Have Hope Again – Takeshi

The day the fires came into Mallacoota a farmer friend told me it is really coming. My house is on the outskirts of Mallacoota, my driveway is quite long, so I thought, if I stay, I won't know if the fire comes to us, so decided to go to the shop. I planned to camp...

Stephen and Luke Aspinal, Father and Son Veterans

Luke I was an Air Surveillance Operator (ASOP) in the RAAF for 9 years. My duties varied, ASOP’s were part of the intelligence branch so that can be broad. Some of the main tasks were: Operating radars in the air defence and border security roles; Tactical datalinks...