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Army March 3, 2011
The ADF has drawn down its forces
providing support to response and
recovery operations in the wake of
Tropical Cyclone Yasi.
The members of JTF 664 have now
returned to their home units as the clean-
up and reconstruction situation in north
Queensland moves into its next phase.
About 1500 ADF personnel worked
to help communities and emergency
services as part of the rapid response to
Commander JTF 664 Brig Stuart
Smith said ADF personnel had success-
fully completed the tasks requested of
them by civilian authorities, including
providing specialist support to emergency
"Emergency services and public utili-
ties have future restoration tasks well in
hand for those areas hardest hit by the
cyclone," Brig Smith said.
Troops from Townsville returned to
their base to regroup for rapid response
readiness and some will be preparing for
deployment to Afghanistan later this year.
Brig Smith said their families would
welcome their return.
"Many personnel deployed to assist
as the winds abated and haven't been
home since the cyclone struck -- they've
really earned some time at home with
their loved ones," he said.
He expressed his admiration for the
tenacity of the north Queenslanders
affected by the cyclone.
"The people of the region face a chal-
lenging time ahead but as a community
they will rebuild their homes, their com-
munities and their lives. The resilience of
the local people is outstanding -- I greatly
admire their spirit."
The decision to draw down the
ADF assistance came after close con-
sultation with Emergency Management
Queensland (EMQ), state authorities and
local officials in the affected areas.
EMQ continues to provide assistance
to the communities devastated by the
cyclone and ADF specialist support will
remain at local bases to assist emergency
services if required.
Pictorial spread on disasters -- Pages 16-17
Draw down: Cpl
Rob Dean, 1RAR,
(above) helps clear
debris after Cyclone
Yasi while Black
troops to Cowley
Beach to help with
the relief effort. JTF
664 has now drawn
down and members
have returned to
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
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