Operation Grant

Since February, New South Wales has experienced widespread drought, affecting much of the farming community in the region. Our trained volunteers deployed to Scone and the surrounding area to assist with critical farming tasks and other in-kind services as needed to help those impacted by the drought. 

In response to Drought
Location Scone, NSW View map
Status Complete
Dates 13 May 2019 – 27 May 2019
Douglas Grant

The story behind the name

As part of its respect to military veterans, DRA names its relief operations after a local veteran in honour of their service to the community, and in turn ours.

Operation Grant, which was named in honour of Douglas Grant, an Aboriginal Australian soldier who enlisted at Scone in 1916, and served with the Australian Imperial Forces during World War I. Grant was wounded and captured at the first battle of Bullecourt and subsequently became president of the British Help Committee organising food parcels and medical supplies for Indian and African prisoners of war.

Following the war and his liberation, Douglas returned home to Sydney and lobbied for the rights of Indigenous Australians. He wrote various opinion pieces for the newspapers, and even hosted a radio show in which he urged governments to protect the lives of Indigenous people.


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Operation Burton

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Planning for upcoming operational deployments is now underway. If you are keen to participate or find out more, express your interest today.

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