The ADF has concluded its support of providing meals and accommodation to Victoria Police who operated checkpoints on the border with NSW as part of the Victorian State Government’s COVID-19 response.
The task, which ended on January 31, was agreed to by Defence following a request from the Victorian Government in December.
The first meals were served up just before Christmas at the Albury Wodonga Military Area at South Bandiana and more than 300 officers stayed on base.
Commander of the Joint Task Group Brigadier Robert Marsh visited South Bandiana with Commandant of the Army Logistics Training Centre Colonel Jim Matchett.
They met with members of Victoria Police and thanked Defence staff and contractors for their efforts.
“The staff at South Bandiana did a great job across Christmas and into the New Year, providing the accommodation and meals here in the mess, as well as packed meals if needed,” Brigadier Marsh said.
Brigadier Marsh also met with ADF Liaison Officers and police members, including Victoria Police Superintendent Richard Watkins at the Incident Police Operations Centre in Wangaratta, about 70 kilometres south-east of Wodonga.
The operations centre coordinated the support on the border, with Defence liaison officers helping to coordinate the support at South Bandiana.
ADF personnel are still on task in other parts of the state, supporting Victoria Police in assisting with the hotel entry of international arrivals before their quarantine period, as well as identification, registration and temperature checking of hotel staff as part the state government’s COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria.