Operation Tiger was an extremely positive yet challenging operation. The operation being located on Kangaroo Island presented its own unique challenges. Through the coordination and joint efforts of our disaster relief teams the forward movement and deployment of personnel was actioned effectively. Wave One set conditions and prepped the AO for ongoing waves, including use of FULCRUM in order to conduct Damage assessments. As the operation continued the scale and magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic began to take effect. Government restrictions on movement and the phased closing of State borders meant the rapid demobilisation of not only our volunteers but other NGOs in the area was inevitable.
Riverland Flood Recovery Operation
Area of Operations
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Recovery Taskings for Operation Tiger
As part of Operation Tiger, DRA provided the following capabilities:
- Damage and Impact Assessments
- Chainsaw work and tree removal
- Flood recovery tasks including debris management and removal
- Route clearance.
The story behind the name
Private Stamford “Tiger” Wallace Simpson, of Kangaroo Island, was an original member of the 10th Battalion AIF and a member of the First Expeditionary Force. Simpson survived the war and built a cairn of limestone rock atop a hill overlooking Pelican Lagoon in memory of his mates who did not return.
The 10th Battalion Association erected a sign to signify this thanks to a grant from the ANZAC Day Commemoration Council.
He is buried at Penneshaw Cemetery, Kangaroo Island, South Australia.