Helping hands a long way from home

Lance Corporal Murray Hanson takes notes during a meeting at the Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre in Victoria during Operation COVID-19 Assist. Photo: Private Dustin Anderson

Helping hands a long way from home

Lance Corporal Murray Hanson, from Army’s 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment, is a long way from sunny Queensland working out of Colac in regional Victoria as part of Operation COVID-19 Assist.  

In his role on operation, Lance Corporal Hanson supports the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) officers in their efforts in the region. 

“We are assisting and supporting the authorised officers from DHHS with their enquiries to ensure isolation requirements are met,” Lance Corporal Hanson said.

“Our role enables the DHHS officers to effectively communicate and engage with the community and provide additional support if required.”

Lance Corporal Hanson is proud of the relationships he has fostered with staff from the DHHS. 

“The relationship built between DHHS and the ADF in Colac has been invaluable,” he said.

“During this uncertain time, the humour between the two organisations has been a definite highlight.”

As a section commander, Lance Corporal Hanson has played an integral role in supporting local state agencies in the pandemic response. 

Throughout his time on operation he has also developed and honed his junior leadership skills working with external agencies.

“Working with other government organisations has been interesting and rewarding,” Lance Corporal Hanson said.

“I have seen many different processes and chains of command and learned and developed new ways of approaching problems and developing solutions.”

Lance Corporal Hanson is looking forward to the day when he can go home to his partner, Rebecca, and his favourite four-legged companions.

“I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and my dogs,” he said.

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