The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will provide further support to the New South Wales Government by transporting critical supplies to Lord Howe Island, following disruption to usual ferry services caused by the recent flood events.
The Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud said that the New South Wales Government has requested assistance to transport dry, cold and frozen food as well as LPG gas to the island tomorrow, ahead of the Easter long weekend.
“I received the request from the New South Wales Government and immediately asked for the Defence Force, via Minister Dutton, to start making the arrangements,” Minister Littleproud said.
“There will be around 1000 people on the island over the Easter long weekend including residents, staff and visitors, so this mission will ensure that business can continue as usual over this important time.
“This will be a great boost for the people of Lord Howe Island ahead of a very busy holiday period.
“I thank the ADF for the important contribution they have already made to helping New South Wales throughout this flood event, from the life-saving search and rescue helicopters to the boots on the ground clearing debris and wreckage.”
The floodwaters may have receded, but the ADF will continue to work closely NSW Government agencies to ensure they are receiving assistance where it is needed most.