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CPL Aaron Curran
FLOOD-AFFECTED airmen in Queens-
land who received $900 after a joint fun-
draising effort by 1SQN and 6SQN were
moved by their colleagues' generosity.
On February 4, up to 150 members
of the two squadrons attended a bar-
becue to raise funds for five members
of the squadrons who suffered serious
losses in the January floods in Ipswich
SENGO 6SQN SQNLDR Garry
McKee said $900 each was raised for
the five personnel.
One of them, an LAC, came home
to find his house completely devastated.
"The first thing I thought was 'my
ceiling is on the floor'," he said.
"The support offered by the squad-
ron social clubs was quite amazing. I'm
not a fan of asking for this type of help,
but for it to just come to me was hum-
One 6SQN member, a CPL, received
a terrible present on his birthday --
notice that his house had gone under.
While waiting for advice from his
insurance company, he spent a week
assisting other victims of the floods;
and then the blow came -- he wouldn't
be covered by insurance.
"The following day there would
have been about 15 blokes from work in
my house," he said.
"It was truly amazing."
He said he was given all the time
and support he could have ever needed
and was still receiving it as the rebuild-
ing process continued.
"To top it off, one of my good
friends who is also at 6SQN, received a
payment of $1000 from the government
for being isolated in his house for more
than 24 hours," the CPL said.
"As he hadn't sustained any dam-
age himself, he selflessly donated the
money straight to me. He could have
quite easily spent this money on him-
self, but he chose to help me out, which
was just amazing."
The floods did not differentiate
between ranks as CO 6SQN WGCDR
Terence Deeth was also affected by the
brown tide that swept all before it.
Although he suffered damage to
his property, he declined a share of the
money raised. "There were several in
the Wing who were much worse off
than myself," he said.
PERSONNEL at the flood-impacted
RAAF Base Amberley who suffered
water ingress damage to their pri-
vate residences during the recent
floods have been provided some
welcome help to get back on their
feet, thanks to the RAAF Welfare
Trust Fund (RWTF).
The fund provided a flood relief
package of grants and interest-
free loans to a total of more than
$68,000 for the grants and almost
$54,000 for the loans.
This broke down to grants of
$2000 to 24 members and $5000 to
The idea to provide a relief
package was suggested to the
RWTF Board of Trustees on
January 17. The board approved
the package on the 20th and the
fund started paying relief applica-
tions the following day.
Funds could also be made
available to members impacted by
Cyclone Yasi or the recent floods in
Further information is available from
the website: intranet.defence.gov.au/
ALTHOUGH Joint Task Force 637, which led the ADF res-
cue and relief effort in response to the Queensland floods,
ended operations on February 4, the work continues.
The mission has now transitioned to one of recovery
and the ADF continues to provide specialist support to
The task force was established on January 1 at the
request of Emergency Management Australia and pro-
vided essential support throughout Queensland.
Chief of Joint Operations LTGEN Mark Evans said
about 1900 ADF personnel completed tasks ranging from
general clean-up operations to search and rescue tasks
and liaison duties during the operation.
He said while the focus on initial flood rescue and
relief assistance had been completed, the public would
still see service personnel providing recovery assistance
in southern Queensland.
"ADF engineering and aerial survey elements will
remain in support of emergency management authorities
to assist those communities where recovery efforts are
beyond the current capacity of local councils," LTGEN
"Like the rest of the state agencies, the tasks per-
formed by our ADF personnel over the past month have
been many and varied.
"Our aviation units flew about 470 hours and evacu-
ated more than 300 residents, while our fixed wing and
rotary aircraft have moved 1.5 million kilograms of cargo,
enabling vital food and personnel transfers," LTGEN
"Our sea-going units have surveyed the channels and
anchorages of Moreton Bay as well as the Brisbane River,
enabling vital commercial shipping to re-enter the water-
LTGEN Evans said Defence personnel worked tire-
lessly in difficult conditions all across the state conduct-
ing general clean-up duties in hundreds of streets, busi-
nesses and houses.
WHAT A MESS: Air Force members help clean up in Ipswich after the
Photo: LAC Benjamin Evans
HELPING HANDS: On behalf of their
respective social clubs, CPL Richard Duckett of
6SQN, centre, and CPL Sam Bartlett of 1SQN,
left, present a cheque to 6SQN CO WGCDR
Photo: LACW Kylie Gibson
Job's not over
yet for ADF
Financial help at Amberley
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