PARADE PHOTOS: ‘This is about Australians helping Australians,’ ADF Colonel says

ABOVE: Casino thanks the ADF for helping with the flood recovery at a parade along Walker St. Photo: Susanna Freymark

Susanna Freymark

Casino applauded the Australian Defence Force today, Saturday, April  2 as army and navy personnel marched along Walker St.

Richmond Valley Council invited the ADF to the parade as a way for Casino residents to thank the army and navy for helping with the flood clean-up and recovery.

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Gilmore said there were 800 ADF members on the ground in Casino and 3500 across the Northern Rivers.

In Casino, 500 were from Darwin, 250 from Sydney and Perth and 100 came from Adelaide.

Ninety-six of the ADF crew were women.

“We’re doing everything we can to help,” Lt Col Gilmore said.

“We don’t have heavy machinery but we do have lots of good, young Australians who can help.”

Residents lined the street and clapped and cheered or shouted out thank you as the soldiers marched past.

Some held signs with thank you written in big letters while others waved Australian flags.

Lt Col Gilmore said they cleaned up Casino as quickly as possible so they could continue to help in Lismore, Woodburn, Broadwater, Coraki and Evans Head.

How long will the ADF stay?

“The bottom line is we don’t know how long we will stay,” Lt Col Gilmore said.

“This is about Australians helping Australians.”

If you have been impacted by the flood and need help from the ADF call 13 77 88.

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