DefMin visits Queensland flood zone

Defence Minister visited ADF personnel engaged in flood-relief efforts in Queensland this week. Joint Task Force 661 is the Australian Defence Force response to support local and state authorities with the recovery following Tropical Cyclone Debbie which hit the Whitsunday Coast on 28 March 2017. Operation Queensland Assist 2017 provided support to disaster affected areas following the cyclone in accordance with existing Defence Assistance to the Civil Community (DACC) arrangements and regionally as part of Whole of Government response. The Emergency Support Force was led by Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Harris Commanding Officer of the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment and consisted of personnel from units from Townsville’s 3rd Brigade.