Army mis­sion over, Rocky next on list

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

AS A sign the re­gion is slowly re­turn­ing to nor­mal­ity, the Army will soon bid farewell to the Whit­sun­days.

With es­sen­tial ser­vices such as power and wa­ter re­turned to most res­i­den­tial ar­eas, North Queens­land is tran­si­tion­ing from emer­gency re­sponse to re­cov­ery phase and the Aus­tralian De­fence Force is send­ing more sup­port to Rock­hamp­ton where Cy­clone Deb­bie also caused se­vere flood­ing.

More than 1600 ADF mem­bers were ini­tially de­ployed to as­sist ar­eas af­fected by the Cat­e­gory Four cy­clone in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math.

Chief of Joint Op­er­a­tions Com­mand, Vice Ad­mi­ral David John­son said ADF mem­bers were warmly re­ceived by the Whit­sun­day re­gion.

“The Queens­land dis­as­ter re­cov­ery ef­fort in the Whit­sun­day re­gion will see a tran­si­tion from a De­fence-sup­ported emer­gency re­sponse to a Queens­land Gov­ern­ment-led re­cov­ery with em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

JOB DONE: Mem­bers of the ADF will be­gin to bid farewell to the Whit­sun­days.

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