SERVICE PROJECT: WOOROLOO
In Response to: Devastating Bushfires
Location: Wooroloo, WA
Active: 30 June 2021 to 3 December 2021
The Wooroloo / Gidgegannup Bushfire fire started in the Wooroloo area north east of Perth. It damaged approximately 320 properties and destroyed at least 86 dwellings, burning approximately 10500 ha of land with a fire perimeter of 136 km.
DRA established Operation Woods as its first disaster response in Western Australia, with operations running between February 27th to April 24th 2021. During this time 129 work orders were created and 103 closed, leaving 26 remaining tasks not yet completed.
On completion of Op Woods, the remaining work orders were provided to the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring Bushifire Recovery groups. This service project was able to complete the remaining work orders over a period of 8 weeks including sifting, chainsaw work, and supporting the Minderoo Recovery Pod placement.
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...
Joining DRA has given me more meaning to fill in the spare time that I’ve had and come down and help the community. The self-worth it gives you and the interaction with other veterans’ emergency service is just great to see the smiles and the community starting to recover from this tragedy.
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...