Air force comes to town
SERGEANT MEGAN SHELLEY, Corporal Adam Henry, Corporal Glen Jurd, Corporal Nathan Triffett and Corporal Clinton Kahler break for lunch at the Laidley RSL rooms. PHOTO: Jim Nicholls
MEMBERS of the RAAF's No. 1 Combat Communications Squadron, Detachment Amberley spent all day in Laidley on Monday, helping to clean up after last week's disastrous flood.
Warrant Officer Michelle Foley said she had contacted Laidley RSL Sub-branch president Mike Nowlan with an offer of assistance.
“We knew Laidley had suffered badly during the flood and wanted to help out in any way we could,” Officer Foley said.
“We brought 25 of our members to town, split them into small groups and set them to work.”
Mr Nowlan said he jumped at the squadron's offer of help, and planned a number of tasks for them.
“They have been busy shifting ruined furniture from some RSL members' houses, cleaning up the surrounds of the Uniting Church and salvaging water tanks that were swept into farmland behind St Mary's School,” he said.
“This was a wonderful gesture, and it's pleasing to be able to welcome a group of serving defence personnel into our community, even though we had to put them all to work.”