I’ve just graduated with my Masters in Sustainable Agriculture at CSU Orange and working part-time on a vineyard in Orange. I first heard about TRA (DRA) from my housemate who has been with them for some time. When I heard about what she was doing I really felt as though I wanted to do similar work. What attracted me the most was being able to help people on a personal level after disasters have struck. This has been my first operation and after just one day I can really appreciate just how much of a difference we are making to people in the community. I spent some time talking with one of the householders and after listening to their story I feel really proud that I’ve played a small but important part in helping them on the road to recovery. I’m looking forward to the challenges the rest of the week will bring and getting to know more people in the community. It’s great fun working with the (TRNorway) Vikings from the other side of the planet! Being a newbie, team members are really looking out for me and I already feel as though I belong!
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 weeks and is initially based in the North Haven area supporting local areas of North Haven, Dunbogan, Kendall and Kew. This initial posture will leverage strong support from both Club North Haven and the Laurieton United Services Club. Jobs include general flood clean-up activities such as damaged structure clearance of furniture and damaged walls, anti-mould operations, debris management and removal, chainsaw operations, fence line repairs, aerial damage assessments. DRA brings help and hope to communities devastated by natural disasters and at the same time provides veterans the opportunity to grow beyond their military service. Disaster Relief Australia CEO Geoff Evans says “DRA has received a warm welcome from the local community who have united together quickly after the recent floods to bring about a relative sense of normalcy. Still, hundreds of homes have been declared unlivable. Our volunteers will roll up their sleeves and provide real hands-on help where it is needed.” Operation Elliot is named after Major Alban Charles Elliot, a war hero awarded the Military Cross and who served as longest running mayor of Port Macquarie from 1925 until 1936.