Sergeant Richard Lovell helps out in North Booval.
Sergeant Richard Lovell helps out in North Booval. Claudia Baxter

Mission to clean our city

HUNDREDS of Australian Defence Force personnel and their impressive machinery continue to assist with the massive flood clean-up in Ipswich.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said about 250 personnel from the ADF were deployed in the badly affected suburbs of Karalee, Goodna and North Booval and air force and navy personnel at Redbank.

Cr Pisasale said heavy plant equipment from the army’s 21st Construction Squadron was deployed to Karalee, light-to- medium equipment from the RAAF Base Amberley went to Goodna and light-to-medium equipment from 9th Forward Support Battalion was sent to North Booval.

Army troops from Townsville toiled in the sun in North Booval this week, happy to do whatever they were asked to do.

The troops found themselves on the end of shovels after coming south with two LARCs (Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo) vehicles.

The LARCs are capable of travelling on both land and water, but it was decided they weren’t needed in Ipswich’s flood clean-up.

They were flown to RAAF Base Amberley in a C-17 after it had helped with resupplying flooded Townsville and North Queensland towns.

Cr Pisasale said this week the military presence in flooded areas of Ipswich increased with 50 sailors from the navy joining the recovery effort at Karalee.



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