16 March 2022
MAJOR GENERAL DAVID THOMAE: Good morning. My name is Major General David Tome on Commander, Joint Task Force 629. The ADF headquarters supporting the Queensland and New South Wales governments are in response to the recent floods. As of today, the Joint Task Force has over 7000 personnel assigned to it. Of those, about 1600 are in Southeast Queensland, over 5500 in New South Wales, with 4000 in Northern New South Wales, and approximately 1500 in the Sydney Basin Region.
In the next 24 hours, we will continue to work in Northern New South Wales locations of Ballina, Broadwater, Byron Bay, Casino, Chinderah, Coffs Harbor, Coraki, Evans Head, Grafton, Lismore, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah, Ocean Shores, Palmwoods, Stotts Creek and Tweet Heads. In the Sydney Basin, we are working around Windsor and Wisemans Ferry, with the additional staff on standby as required.
Within the Brisbane Region, Brisbane River and Moreton Bay remain a priority for our hydrographic and survey and clearance divers to clear the Brisbane River and the Port of Brisbane. The Kedron Brook Walkway today will also have the US Navy personnel from the ship that has arrived in Brisbane. Inaugural Creek, Rocklea, Oxley, Zilma, Tagan and Geebung are also locations where the ADF is supporting the local community. Beyond Brisbane, Ipswich, Bundamba, Goodna, Logan and Waterford West are also locations we are operating today. We continue to work closely with local government, state agencies and the local communities in the way that we tasked the ADF to support those agencies and we thank each of them for the support that they've been showing for the Australian Defense Force. We're very grateful for that support, support as it's manifested on the ground supporting those communities. Thank you. Bye.