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OPERATION TURNER

In Response to: Devastating bushfires

Location: Kangaroo Island

Active: Nov 8, 2020

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Donating to this operation will support Disaster Relief Australia volunteers in real and practical ways.

Are you ready to deploy? Operation Turner is National, so volunteers from all states and territories are welcome to submit their EOI.

Objective

On 20 December 2019, bushfires began on Kangaroo Island (KI) in South Australia. The fires continued in the region for several weeks resulting in the loss of two lives as well as many homes, farms, businesses and countless livestock and over 210,000 hectares of land. As soon as it was safe to do so, Disaster Relief Australia (then Team Rubicon Australia) deployed volunteers to the area, helping over 33 families. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, in late March 2020 the Operation, known as Operation Tiger, was halted.

Working with the KI Mayor, Recovery SA and the Minderoo Firefund, Disaster Relief Australia volunteers are being redeployed during November and December 2020 to finish what was started. We will be assisting over 20 families in debris removal, land clearing and assisting them in their recovery efforts which are still underway before this summer’s extreme weather hitse community members still remain without power and continue to reside in makeshift dwellings. Disaster Relief Australia is dedicated to come back into the community to provide recovery works including debris removal, chainsaw work & repairs to fence lines.

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News and Field Ops Reports

Disaster Response Australia (DRA) withdrawing from Kangaroo Island Operations

Due to recent concerns regarding an outbreak of Covid-19 in the Adelaide area, several states have declared that borders will be closed to South Australia as of midnight tonight. Unfortunately, a number of our deployed volunteers working on Kangaroo Island have...

Community & Volunteer Reflections

Reflection Nick Backe-Hansen Operation Turner

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...

Reflection – Hez – Operation Turner

I first joined Disaster Relief Australia nearly two years ago but it wasn’t until the devastating 2019 fires on the NSW Mid North Coast that I deployed for the first time. I have an emergencies services background and with so many people in need, I felt drawn to help....

$14.50 – Provide a pair of gloves and a shovel for a DRA volunteer

$24.00 – Buy a new chain for a chainsaw

$52.50 – Buy a complete first aid kit for a team

$129.00 – Supply a DRA Volunteer with a chainsaw helmet, earmuffs and visor

$197.50 – Supply a wheelbarrow, hardhat, gloves and shirt for a DRA Volunteer

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Reflection Nick Backe-Hansen Operation Turner

Reflection Nick Backe-Hansen Operation Turner

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...

Reflection – Hez – Operation Turner

Reflection – Hez – Operation Turner

I first joined Disaster Relief Australia nearly two years ago but it wasn’t until the devastating 2019 fires on the NSW Mid North Coast that I deployed for the first time. I have an emergencies services background and with so many people in need, I felt drawn to help....