Major-General to lead flood recovery

Published Tuesday, 08 March, 2022 at 10:44 AM

Premier and Minister for the Olympics
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

One of the ADF’s most respected leaders will take charge of Queensland’s flood recovery.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Major-General Jake Ellwood will co-ordinate one of the largest-scale recovery operations the State has ever seen.

“This flood event stretches across 22 local government areas and eight cities,” the Premier said.

“Although recovery is well underway, there is considerable work ahead to recover and rebuild.

“Major-General Ellwood is the perfect choice to lead those efforts.”

Major-General Ellwood has served as Deputy Chief of Army prior to his recent appointment as Commander of the 1st Division based in Brisbane.

He was national co-ordinator for the Australian Defence Force’s response to the Black Summer bushfires in 2019/20.

Major-General Ellwood said the resilience of the Australian people is a constant inspiration.

“When bad things happen, Australians come together,” he said.

“My job is to co-ordinate everyone’s efforts to ensure the job is done efficiently and people are back on their feet as fast as possible.”

Major-General Ellwood has served in Townsville, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and two tours in East Timor.

The Premier welcomed the Prime Minister’s support in appointing Major-General Ellwood.