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Australia Loved ones of Australians in volcanic disaster 'relied on media reports for information'

07:51  11 december  2019
07:51  11 december  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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"Some of those Australians will be a long way away from loved ones and they will be there on their own, and unaware of what has taken place because of the nature Geological hazard tracker GeoNet raised the alert level for the White Island volcano in November due to an increase in volcanic activity.

a person standing in front of a body of water: Rick Elzer and Karla Mathews are missing. (Supplied)© Provided by ABC NEWS Rick Elzer and Karla Mathews are missing. (Supplied)

The father of a Coffs Harbour man feared dead after New Zealand's volcanic eruption has criticised authorities for a lack of communication about his son.

High school sweethearts Rick Elzer and Karla Mathews boarded the Ovation of the Seas cruise liner in Circular Quay in Sydney last week but have not been heard from since Monday's eruption.

Peter Elzer said his son and his "beautiful girlfriend" were among eight people missing and "presumed to be deceased".

"We are frustrated by the lack of information provided to us from the Australian authorities up until now," he said.

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Smoke from the volcanic eruption of Whakaari, also known as White Island, is pictured from a boat Bird said rescue services were working to return to the island and were relying on advice from Michael Schade, an engineering manager from San Francisco, was one of the tourists who made it

"We would like to call for a change to the way DFAT corresponds with immediate family members in crises like these.

"To be reliant on media reports for information shows a real lack of consideration for the welfare of the families of the deceased."

Rick Elzer and Karla Mathews, both aged 32, were holidaying with several friends, including Paul Murtha and Alex Severus, who decided not to join them on a tour of White Island on Monday.

Paul Murtha and Alex Severus have since abandoned the Ovation of the Seas ship and are by the bed side of another friend at Auckland Hospital.

The ABC understands the friend has sustained burns to 80 per cent of his body.

"We acknowledge the mammoth efforts undertaken by Paul Murtha and Alex Severus, who are travelling with Rick and Karla," Mr Elzer said.

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"They have searched tirelessly for information day and night, at their own expense, to provide us with regular updates."

Peter Elzer said he also wanted to thank his son's employer Woolworths for the "generous offers" made "during this difficult time".

"We extend our warmest wishes to all those still suffering and their families and the families of the deceased," Mr Elzer said.

Brisbane woman Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica Richards, 20, are the first Australians to be confirmed dead in the volcano disaster.

Martin and Barbara Hollander and their two children, Matthew and Berend, were also holidaying on White Island when the volcano erupted.

The family is from Berowra in Sydney's north and no one has heard from them since the disaster.

Pictures: Volcano eruption in New Zealand

Matthew and Berend are in Year 8 and Year 10 at Knox Grammar School.

Headmaster Scott James said it was with a "heavy heart" that "a Knox family is currently unaccounted for in the eruption".

"With a close circle of friends, Matt has been popular amongst his peers ... and has always been enthusiastic about life and involved in many school and year group activities," Mr James said.

"Berend's engaging smile and quirky sense of humour has made him a good mate to his close group of friends and a welcome member to every classroom.".

Martin Hollander works for Transport for NSW as a freight initiatives manager, according to his Linkedin page.

He is also an investment director at Singapore-based company Wipunen Incrementum Capital and the NSW Secretary of the Australian Republican Movement.

Convenor Stephen Dametto said Mr Hollander had been in the role for two years.

"The ARM are saddened by the news that Martin is missing. He has been a fantastic contributor to the ARM ... we are all just hoping for the best and our thoughts are with his family and friends," he said.

New Zealand military recovers bodies of six people from volcanic White Island .
Elite military teams have airlifted six of the eight bodies from New Zealand's White Island, in a daring bid to bring the dead home to their loved ones after Monday's volcanic eruption.The high-risk operation using New Zealand military and police specialists wearing breathing gear and protective clothing began earlier this morning.

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