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Army March 29, 2012
flood relief effort
Sgt Dave Morley
MILITARY Police from Kapooka's
Domestic Policing Unit were called on to
augment the task force during the flood-
ing at Wagga Wagga.
They were tasked with patrolling
evacuated urban areas of the city to coor-
dinate and deconflict the movement of
military vehicles and personnel.
They also conducted vehicle check-
points at North Wagga to manage the
movement of engineer plant and equip-
ment in and out of the area.
Cpl Jude Hines, of DPU-K, said the
MPs were also requested to assist NSW
Police to patrol the area north of Edward
Street until residents were allowed to
return to their homes.
"There were only three of us in
DPU so we had to call on locally based
MP-qualified staff for the extra shifts,"
When North Wagga was reopened to
residents after the floodwaters subsided,
MPs on the checkpoints were of signifi-
cant assistance to the local civil author-
ity due to their interaction with North
Wagga residents and sightseers.
"Everyone has been very friendly and
cooperative and they're glad we're here
to help," Cpl Hines said.
take to the streets
VIP visitors and Wagga Wagga locals had a
lot to say about the efforts of Defence per-
sonnel involved in flood relief operations.
"To our ADF personnel who have done great
work ... to help this local community out --
thank you very much."
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
"This is Australia at its best."
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott
"They've done a fantastic job; they've gone
above and beyond the call of duty."
Federal member for Riverina Michael
"With the help of the Army Reserve and their
equipment working alongside Wagga Wagga
City Council, we were able to get in and
make a huge difference in the North Wagga
community by cleaning up their flood dam-
Mayor of Wagga Wagga, Councillor Kerry
"The 5RRF company group really is doing
a sterling job assisting the community of
Commander 5 Bde Brig Paul Blood
"Having the Army come over to help us has
made a huge difference. They're worth their
weight in gold."
North Wagga resident Tanya Whyte
WORD ON THE STREET
Traffic duty: MP Cpl Jude Hines checks the identities of personnel entering
the flood ravaged area of North Wagga.
Heavy lifting: Personnel from 21 Const Regt clear debris from a flood-affected home in North Wagga.
Julia Gillard meets
troops involved in
the Wagga flood
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