In Response to: Catastrophic Flooding


Active: 10th April – 15th May 2021

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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 during 10th April – 15th May, 2021.  This operation brought help and hope to the community and saved well in excess of 250K.

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News and Field Ops Reports

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...

ABC National Breakfast interviews Disaster Relief Australia about NSW mid north flood recovery

Operation ELLIOT Mission Commander Davina Pye spoke with Radio National Breakfast this morning 13th April, 2021. Fran Kelly and Davina discussed the Mid North Coast Floods and how Disaster Relief Australia has deployed veteran volunteers to assist with vital flood...

Community & Volunteer Reflections

Done so much in just one day – Matt flood impacted homeowner

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....

Our people are what it is 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...

Help someone on their worst day – Davina Pye veteran and firefighter

I'm currently our Sydney DRT (disaster relief team) manager. Formerly I was a medic in the Australian Army for 11 years deploying to Papua New Guinea for tidal wave relief in 98, East Timor in 99, and Bougainville in 2002. I've now been a firefighter for 14 years with...
DRA launches vital flood recovery to Port Macquarie and surrounds

DRA launches vital flood recovery to Port Macquarie and surrounds

Disaster Relief Australia has launched a flood recovery operation dubbed Operation ELLIOT to the Port Macquarie area. The operation will bring vital flood recovery to a community still recovering from the Black Summer bushfires of 2019. The operation will deploy for 8...

Major Alban Charles Elliot | The story behind the name

Major Alban Charles Elliot | The story behind the name

Major Alban Charles Elliot ServedFirst World War, 1914-1918Second World War, 1939-1945 Unit53rd Australian Infantry Battalion Final RankMajorOperation Elliot is named for Major Alban Charles Elliot, a war hero awarded the Military Cross and served as mayor of Port...