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The number of ADF personnel either on task or available for flood assistance operations across NSW and Queensland this week is set to increase from 2010 to 5000.

In a statement on Sunday, the Department of Defense said there are currently 952 personnel deployed to tasks in Queensland and 455 in NSW, where they are assisting the respective state governments across a range of search and rescue and recovery tasks.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet visits Southside Hot Bread bakery in South Lismore after severe flooding. Credit:elise derwin

In Queensland, the ADF is assisting with ongoing cleanup efforts in Gympie, Gatton, St Lucia, Fairfield, Graceville, Rocklea, Esk, Gatton, Grantham and Goodna.

Personnel are also embedded in the State Disaster Coordination Center (SDCC) and the District Disaster Coordination Cells (DDCC) at Gympie, Gold Coast and Ipswich, as well as Brisbane Local Disaster Coordination Cell.

In NSW, Defense is assisting with clean-up efforts in Lismore, Port Macquarie, Grafton, Tweed Heads, Crabbles Creek, Ocean Shores and Chinderah.

It’s also provided ground support to Lismore, Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Coffs Harbor Grafton and Port Macquarie for “a range of clean up and recovery tasks”.

Along with personnel, a number of aircraft are in use in both states.

Eight helicopters based in Oakey are supporting southern Queensland and northern NSW with search and rescue, food and stores distribution, patient transfer and logistics support.

Further south, there’s a commercially contracted AW-139 helicopter for search and rescue operations based at the RAAF base in Williamtown, north of Newcastle; plus two Navy Seahawk helicopters and a commercially contracted AW-139 helicopter at HMAS Albatross in Nowra for search and rescue operations in Greater Sydney and the South Coast.

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