OPERATION ELLIOT

In Response to: Catastrophic Flooding
Location: PORT MACQUARIE – HASTINGS LGA, NSW
Completed: 10th April – 15th May 2021

Objective

The New South Wales coastline – from the mid-north coast to south of Sydney – experienced a sustained extreme weather event that set in on 19/20 March 2021. The area affected spans much of NSW Central and Mid-North Coast.

How Disaster Relief Australia responded to the NSW Floods

DRA conducted flood recovery operations in the mid-north coast of NSW from 10th April to 15th May, 2021.  This operation brought help and hope to the community and saved well in excess of 250K.

News and Field Ops Reports

Operation Elliot Post Op Summary

Disaster Relief Australia (DRA), conducted a flood recovery operation in the area of the Port Macquarie – Hastings and Mid Coast Council areas named Operation Elliot, commencing on 10 April 2021.

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...

Community & Volunteer Reflections

Time to Help Other People – Scott Whiley, Veteran

A mate put me onto DRA,  I have been looking for something different. I'm retired and spend a lot of time staying fit and traveling looking for something different. Now I have time to help other people. In the past I have been a bit selfish when I was always working...

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...

Done So Much in Just One Day – Flood Impacted Homeowner Matt

The NSW floods have been a total disaster for us. We are usually up at 3am each day doing the milking and then we milk again later in the day. It is so exhausting keeping things going when you live on a farm. We don’t get weekends and holidays, the work is constant....

Being on the Tools is Rewarding – Aaron Mangravati, Civilian

I first heard about DRA through a member that I met whilst doing some work with St John. She sold it to me as something that made a difference with a good group of people so I thought it was worth a try. Over the last couple of years I have done quite a few things...

Our People Are What it’s All About – Nick Backe-Hansen – Veteran, Current AFP

I first heard about DRA 3 years ago. Dean West and I worked together in the 5th/7th Battalion at Holsworthy in the 90’s. Opportunities for me at work had all but dried up and coincidentally I saw through Facebook that Westy was in the Virgin Islands, building a school...

Bringing Everyone Together – Andrew Cooke

In my normal life I work as a security consultant. I currently work for myself as a private contractor and cover all parts of security, mainly in sport. Prior to that I was in the Police Force. I heard about DRA while I was working at Invictus Games. It seemed...

Sense of Ownership – Aaron O’Toole, Ex Firefighter

I signed up to DRA because of my wife, she joined up first and it sounded like a good thing to do so I felt like I could have something to offer as well. Once I started deploying I found that the team had great camaraderie and that gave me the ability to feel at home....

Help Someone on Their Worst Day – Davina Pye, Veteran and Firefighter

I joined the army in 1996 as a medic. After completing 11 years of service, I moved onto the NSW fire brigade and have been a part of the team for 14 years. With both my work in emergency services and serving Australia, I felt that there was something missing. A...
Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor Pinson Volunteers for Flood Recovery

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...

Operation Elliot May Update

Operation Elliot May Update

With just over a week and a half to go on Operation Elliot on the NSW Mid North Coast our teams on the ground have been busy over the past four weeks assisting members of the community impacted by the recent catastrophic floods. Since our operation began on 27th...