OPERATION THORPE

Location: Mallacoota, Victoria
Status: 26 November to 12 December 2021

Wave 1: Sat 27/11/21 – Sun 5/12/21
Wave 2: Sat 4/12/21- Sun 12/12/21
Wave 3: Sat 11/12/21- Sun 19/12/21 (PENDING)

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EOI’s are now open for those willing and able to assist with preference given to those based in Victoria.

Bushfire recovery Mallacoota

It is difficult to forget the out-of-control bushfire engulfing the Gippsland township of Mallacoota. Images of thousands of people taking refuge on a beach under red angry skies became synonymous with the plight of Australian communities overwhelmed by the Black summer bushfires of 19/20.

Nearly two years later, Mallacoota is still in need of post bushfire assistance. Scant recovery has taken place since the fires in part due to COVID preventive measures limiting disaster recovery activities. With restrictions now easing, Disaster Relief Australia intends to launch a short term operation to fell dangerous trees, clear fences of vegetation and debris and perform general clean-up work as required.

Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) will plan and conduct a short-term response to Mallacoota and surrounds, to assist in ongoing bushfire response and recovery efforts. The response is expected to last 14 days. The purpose of the operation is to make safe and clean up community and residential properties for future reinstatement.

DRA’s strike teams will provide chainsaw ops, fence line repairs and debris removal as required, and clean up efforts to affected communities in coordination with local and state authorities. This will be achieved through the following methods:

  • Deployment of plant comprising of skid steer loader, tipper truck, chipper and clearing saws
  • Conduct tree works and vegetation management

News and Field Ops Reports

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Something salvageable – veteran, Kylie Baumback

Kylie Baumback: Front row, 3rd from left As a child my family home was totally destroyed by fire. The memories and details have never fully left me, the traumatic feeling of loss linger in the back of my mind popping up every now and again to remind me of the intense...

Get Amongst us – Veteran, Guy Sadler

I started my Military career in the Navy as a Marine Technician. The trade I got was a Fitter Machinist and Boilermaker Qualifications. I did that for 6 years and worked on minor fleet, patrol boat and landing craft. I then did a bit of a stint on ‘waries’, bigger,...

Mateship and friendships – veteran David Nicolson

My name is David Nicolson or better known as “Nico”. This is my first deployment after joining DRA only 6 weeks ago. I live in Canberra with my partner, Amber, and have 5 dogs! (2 x Border Collies, 1 x Kelpie, 1 x Ridgeback and 1 x Shar Pei Pitbull) When I was younger...

Unique ability to care for people – ex veteran and former police officer Nick Backe-Hansen

It was the Army that first gave me, indeed taught me, the unique ability to care for people I’d never met. It instilled in me what I call the ANZAC Spirit. I took these traits into my service with the NSW Police Force and now the Federal Police. I have now completed...

Adam Moss Military Veteran

Every time I put on a ‘Team Rubicon Australia’ (now DRA) shirt I am humbled by the fact that I am about to be surrounded by the best men and women this country has to offer. It just so happens that they are also putting on a Team Rubicon Australia shirt. I am...