ADF personnel are on the ground lifting spirits and giving hope in some of the worst flood-hit parts of NSW.
Members of 41st Royal New South Wales Regiment, 5th Engineer Regiment in Sydney and 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment in Brisbane have been called up for Operation NSW Flood Assist under the command of Brigadier Mick Garraway.
“We are honoured to be here helping our fellow Australians – we have been touched by the welcome that we have received in the communities that we’re now working in,” Brigadier Garraway said.
Brigadier Garraway conducted an early assessment of the damage with the Commissioner of Resilience NSW Shane Fitzsimmons, NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys and Fire Rescue NSW Deputy Commissioner Jeremy Fewtrell.
They viewed the damage from the air and also on the ground in the early stages of the NSW Government response to the floods that have brought so much destruction to large parts of the state.
The ADF is working with civilian agencies, including Fire Rescue NSW, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service to help residents and businesses in the recovery.
The ADF expects to have more than 500 personnel on the ground with the focus of its efforts around Kempsey, Port Macquarie and Taree on the state’s mid-north coast.