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Service Projects
Resiliency Projects

Kangaroo Island Resilience Project

In Response to: Black Summer bushfires
Location: Kangaroo Island
Status: Pending

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery in Kangaroo Island

Disaster Relief Australia have conducted two national operations to aid Kangaroo Island in the recovery from the Black Summer fires. Due to Covid-19, both Operation Turner and Operation Tiger in 2020 were cut short.

DRA is now offering support to not only finish the recovery work, but also to aid with resilience work in regions that will be at risk when the next bushfire season approaches.

Service Project Adelaide Hills

In Response to: Bushfire Recovery
Location: Adelaide Hills
Active: Aug 2020 – current

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery in Adelaide Hills

The Adelaide DRT (disaster relief team) launched a Service Project in the Cudlee Creek bushfire area to continue assisting with the relief and recovery from the 2019/2020 fires.

The most recent service project is for Cherry Gardens, to assist and support the community affected by fires earlier in 2021. Members will have the option of helping with this disaster recovery as many or as few days as they are able.

Community Engagement Project: Pocket Forest

Location: Lobethal
Status: Active

Adelaide Hills Community Engagement Project

DRA returned to Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills to provide support to the Mill Road Pocket Forest bushfire recovery project. The South Australian DRT has been committed to offering recovery and assistance since the devastating aftermath of the 19/20 Black Summer bushfires.

Located at the entrance to Lobethal, the pocket forest project acknowledges community resiliency and the contributions of numerous selfless townspeople who worked to save the town and support its recovery.


Service Project ACT Food Drop

In Response to: COVID Lockdowns
Location: ACT
Status: Active

ACT Volunteers Muster for Food Drop

Disaster Relief Team ACT supported Volunteering ACT and partnered with the ACT Government with food distribution to residents within the ACT in order to support the COVID relief the ACT community.

COVID has impacted communities and organisations in a myriad of ways and for DRA this has impacted our ability to deploy Disaster Relief Teams nationally. One way we have adapted is through initiatives such as this allowing us to continue assisting people in the community who need our help.

Service Project Legacy

Location: WA
Active: 17 – 21 October 2021

Assistance for Legacy – Busselton

Legacy Australia has been supporting partners and children of veterans after loss or injury since 1923. Legacy Australia does some amazing work and currently supports 43,000 people around the country.

In WA, Legacy conducts multiple camps at their Busselton location throughout the year. Our WA teams recently spent some time at the camp, performing a general working bee to revitalise the area before the summer camp sessions.

Service Project Gallipoli Trench

In Response to: Cyclone Seroja
Location: Geraldton, WA
Active: 23 July 2021 to 26 July 2021

Rebuilding the Gallipoli Trench after Cyclone Seroja

When Tropical Cyclone Seroja hit Geralton on 11th April, 2021, a vital piece of Australia’s history was at risk – it severely damaged the Gallipoli Trench, built and maintained by the 11th Battalion. 

11th Battalion Living History Unit, based in Geraldton, Western Australia, 400km north of Perth, are a team dedicated to researching and representing Western Australia’s first Battalion. The Gallipoli Trench, which is their recreation of a captured Turkish trench as taken by the 11th Battalion on the night of 31st July 1915, has been damaged to the extent of 60-80%. They were able to reopen to the public at the end of July 2021 with DRA’s assistance.

Service Project VIC Assist

In Response to: Catastrophic Floods
Location: Trentham VIC 3458 (Regional Victoria) &
Mooroolbark VIC 3138 (Metro Vic)
Active: 18th -20th June 2021 (Inclusive)

Melbourne Volunteers Help the Dandenong Ranges

Following severe weather events across the state of Victoria on the 9th – 12th June 2021, a number of areas in both Regional and Metro Vic suffered extensive weather damage.

As disaster seasons intensify and overlap, DRA can only deploy crucial recovery services like Operation Joynt with strong links from the local community. For Operation Joynt, DRA collaborated with Rotary – Emerald & District and their Dandenong Ranges task force called “Help the Hills”.

Service Project Wooroloo

In Response to: Devastating Bushfires
Location: Wooroloo, WA
Active: 30 June 2021 to 3 December 2021

Keeping up Bushfire Recovery in Wooroloo

The Wooroloo / Gidgegannup Bushfire fire started in the Wooroloo area north east of Perth, damaging approximately 320 properties and destroying at least 86 dwellings. It burned approximately 10500 ha of land with a fire perimeter of 136 km. In response, Operation Woods ran  between February 27th to April 24th 2021. During this time 129 work orders were created and 103 closed.