Army pitches in to help with massive clean-up
THEY’VE been walking the grounds, flying in our skies and they’re here on a mission – to help the Whitsundays recover from devastating Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
The Australian Army arrived from Brisbane and Townsville on Thursday to provide disaster relief.
Officer commanding the Army Engineer Forces Embark Major Fabian Harrison said supporting the region was a priority.
“The local government has taken control of tasking and we’re working in support of SES and local contractors,” he said.
“Our main aim is to enable the local government to re-establish an effective strategy to support them.”
About 70 defence personnel in Proserpine and about 70 in Airlie Beach have been helping to clear debris, clear and open roads and provide fresh water to those who don’t have it.
He said it was “pretty disheartening” to see the damage caused.
“We’re proud of our abilities to help those people who need it,” he said.
Troops have set up camp in Proserpine, Conway, Shute Harbour and on their ship.
❝ We’re proud of our abilities to help those people who need it. — Major Harrison
RECOVERY MISSION: The Australian Army arrived in the Whitsundays on Thursday to provide disaster relief.