More than 100 Army Reservists are working with local authorities to provide assistance to community recovery efforts on Kangaroo Island, south-west from Adelaide on the South Australian coast.
CAPTION: Corporal Dan Conelly, an Army Reservist from 3rd Field Squadron, 10th/27th Battalion, Royal South Australia Regiment, works to remove a burnt tree from a farm’s access road on Kangaroo Island. Photo by Corporal Tristan Kennedy.
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Army trucks have been delivering tens-of-thousands of litres of drinking water, made from sea water and filtered by specialist equipment, to replenish Kangaroo Island’s supplies.
Soldiers have also been helping the South Australian State Emergency Service set up ‘Humanihuts’ at Kingscote Airport.
These flat-packed shelters can be easily transported and quickly constructed.
The huts are providing accommodation for emergency service personnel and other workers who have arrived at Kangaroo Island for bushfire-relief efforts.
On Tuesday 7 January Governor-General David Hurley visited Kangaroo Island and met with local residents and community leaders, as well as emergency services and Australian Defence Force personnel.