Defence farewelled after support to NSW floods
20 October 2016
Australian Defence Force personnel have been farewelled following their assistance to local communities affected by major flooding in Central West NSW.
Over three weeks, Reservists from the Australian Army’s 5th Brigade, 8th Brigade and Joint Operations Support Staff supported the evacuation of residents and the movement of emergency workers and equipment in the Lachlan Shire, Parkes, Forbes and Condobolin townships and surrounding areas.
The Condobolin community joined the SES in farewelling ADF personnel with a community barbecue in Condobolin.
Mr Jeff Ward, principal of the local high school in Condobolin, said he attended the farewell event to show appreciation for the support provided by the ADF and other agencies.
“We were affected by the flood waters creeping into the school, and many of our staff were impacted.We are just so thankful,” he said.
Local Condobolin resident Christina Coleman also extended her gratitude.
“I’d just like to give a wholehearted thank you to the ADF and the other agencies that have supported us in this time of crisis,” she said.
“They are amazing and their contribution is so appreciated by the entire community.”
Acting Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, said the ADF was well equipped to support local emergency services whenever the need arises.
“I am extremely proud of the way in which the ADF responded to these floods and provided support to local communities in their time of need,” Vice Admiral Griggs said.
“Over recent years the ADF has been involved in a number of disaster relief efforts across the country and each time our contribution has proven highly effective.
“We remain ready to provide support in any situation if required.”
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