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First: Pte Timothy Lehman, 2RAR, is
in East Timor on his first deployment.
Photo by LAC Christopher Dickson
By LS Paul McCallum
FRESH water is flowing to the people of Padang
thanks to the establishment of an Army water puri-
fication plant at the city's main beach.
A 1CER team is using a Reverse Osmosis Water
Purification Unit to provide clean water while the city
authorities, in co-operation with AusAid and the ADF,
assess and repair the city's main water supply station.
Maj Michael Scott, in charge of the water purifica-
tion plant team, said local authorities had been a great
help in establishing the site.
"Without the Indonesian Army and water authority,
we would not have been able to get set up so quickly
or in the place we are most needed," Maj Scott said.
Padang's deputy mayor Mr Mahyeldi Ansarullah
visited the site with the local head of the water author-
ity to taste the first supplies of purified seawater.
The plant is providing water to 60 per cent of the
population of Padang after their main supply station
was damaged in the earthquake.
The team can produce around 10,000 litres of clean
water an hour for the estimated 78,000 people in the
"It tastes very good, it's very impressive that sea
water can be turned into drinking water like this," the
deputy mayor said. "I want to thank the Australians for
their help and for solving our water problem."
Commander JTF 629 Lt-Col Neil Sweeney said the
troops were "providing the most important service to
the people of Padang. This is the most critical resource
that the local population needs right now."
By LS Paul McCallum
A TEAM from 1HSB is provid-
ing medical aid to the people of Sei
Geringging, an earthquake-struck
village on Sumatra.
Within 36 hours of arriving at
Padang International Airport, a primary
health care facility was established in
the outlying village to provide general
medical aid and health care.
CO 1HSB Lt-Col Lachlan Sinclair
said the facility was an important capa-
bility of the ADF, which can deploy
quickly to establish basic medical
"We have primary health support
for the population as well as an envi-
ronmental element and psychological
support for our own people," Lt-Col
Sinclair said. "Primarily, we are here to
provide help to the Indonesian people."
The team of doctors, nurses and
medics provide similar services to that
available at an Australian doctor's clin-
ic, however, the team is also capable of
providing more acute services such as
a general emergency centre.
With most trauma cases already
treated, the focus is on managing ongo-
ing medical issues.
With the help of AusAID, the pri-
mary health care team has been able
to access a region that was most in
need of its capabilities. As part of the
whole of government's graduated and
measured approach to the disaster
relief mission, 1HSB has been able
to make a real difference to the local
The Indonesian Defence Force
(TNI) and government departments
helped establish the primary health care
facility and the relationship between all
agencies is working well.
"The Indonesians are certainly
happy to have us here and we even
have TNI medics working with our
team," Lt-Col Sinclair said.
1HSB shows it cares 1CER team
Interested onlookers: Three young Indonesian girls watch as ADF personnel construct a
deployable primary health care facility in their village.
Photos by Cpl Guy Young
Getting started: Spr Clinton Billsborough, 1CER,
runs the engine on the Reverse Osmosis Water
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