Navy Tasmania personnel help with flood relief at Foodbank Tasmania

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Location(s): Glenorchy

Topic(s): Navy Headquarters Tasmania

Able Seaman Musician Claire Ham, Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Kyle Wade-Cooper, Lieutenant Commander Angella Hillis, Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Tracey Fry, Commander Lewis Gaha, Able Seaman Musician Haydn Murtagh and Chief Petty Officer Musician Mark Ham at the Foodbank warehouse in Tasmania. (photo: Unknown)
Able Seaman Musician Claire Ham, Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Kyle Wade-Cooper, Lieutenant Commander Angella Hillis, Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Tracey Fry, Commander Lewis Gaha, Able Seaman Musician Haydn Murtagh and Chief Petty Officer Musician Mark Ham at the Foodbank warehouse in Tasmania.

Royal Australian Navy personnel at Navy Headquarters-Tasmania have again turned out in support of their local community in the aftermath of the recent Tasmanian floods when they returned to volunteer at Foodbank Tasmania assisting with a stocktake of the charity's Hobart warehouse. 
 
A Foodbank warehouse spokesperson said the Navy effort was fundamental to achieving the critical task in a timely and efficient manner. Normally a job that would take the regular staff close to a week to complete was completed in half a day with the help of the Navy team. 
 
"It’s a big job that needs to be done, particularly at this time of year, but also because we are implementing a new national system, so this job completed will help us enter the data in a timely fashion,” the spokesperson said.
 
Navy Headquarters - Tasmania Commanding Officer, Commander Lewis Gaha, said Navy has a highly skilled and capable workforce with the ability to respond in times of emergency or need in support of the Australian community.
 
"NHQ-Tasmania was glad to be of assistance in what had been a very busy time for Foodbank, supporting the Tasmanian community as a result of the recent floods. Foodbank had been inundated with various requests for their supportand we were able to provide an additional resource at a critical time," he said.
 
For NHQ-Tasmania's logistics senior sailor, Petty Officer Maritime Logistics-Personnel Tracey Fry it was also an opportunity to share her wealth of experience as a logistician.
 
“Whatever support we could offer, whether direct or indirect, we were confident was going to be useful to the broader Tasmanian community," she said.
 
Foodbank of Tasmania Incorporated is a not-for-profit, non denominational organisation that supplies food to over 200 Tasmanian welfare agencies as well as school breakfast programs in 85 schools and is recognised as the largest food relief organisation in Tasmania and provides thousands of meals every day.