Air Force helps clean up Goodna Services Club

Floodwater seeped from the carpet under the weight of Air Force Officer Aleksandr Yashin’s boots as he helped heartbroken staff salvage what they could from the flood-ravaged Goodna Services Club in Queensland.

LEGEND: Air Force personnel remove flood-damaged carpeting from Goodna Services Club, Brisbane, as part of Operation Flood Assist 2022. Story by Flight Lieutenant Tanya Carter. Photo: by Corporal Julia Whitwell.

The father-of-five was among Air Force personnel mobilized to help the community, as part of Operation Flood Assist 2022.

Flight Lieutenant Yashin said he had been given a short-term task of clearing debris from homes in the suburbs hardest hit by the deluge of water.

“It’s not a glamorous task, but it’s an extremely important task,” Flight Lieutenant Yashin said.

“I believe any Aussie in my position would do exactly the same and feel exactly the same.”

Although her home was not damaged by the water, her family was isolated and without power for three days and, as the cleanup continued at the home, local businesses and concerned residents were asking for help. .

Flying Officer Yashin and the Air Force team answered the call for help from the Goodna Services Club.

“That’s what I pledged to do, we’re all here doing the same job, and I’m extremely proud to do that,” Flight Lieutenant Yashin said.

LEGEND: Air Force personnel and Goodna Services Club operations manager Mrs. Kelly McLaren, right, assesses damage to the club as part of Operation Flood Assist 2022. Photo by Corporal Julia Whitwell.

Goodna Services Club operations manager Kelly McLaren said she remembered the heartache as she watched the relentless floodwaters inundate the club.

“As a former RSL club, it means a lot to us that Australian Defense Force personnel help us as a community,” she said.

“If it wasn’t for these guys, we’d be here for weeks, if not months.”

Defense support to the Queensland and NSW Governments is provided under Operation Flood Assist 2022.






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