Australian Attorney-General visits quake city

5:02 pm on 5 March 2011

The Australian Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, is visiting Christchurch to thank Australians who've been helping with the rescue and recovery effort.

During the Saturday visit, Mr McClelland will meet Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, as well as Australian Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) personnel and Australian federal police.

He'll also visit the National Crisis Management Centre and tour earthquake-affected areas before joining members of the Australian Medical Assistance Team for a barbecue.

A fresh Australian USAR team of 72 personnel arrived in Christchurch on Saturday, to replace others who have begun returning to Australia.

Mr McClelland says the Australian Government is also working to meet a request from the New Zealand Government for a portable desalination plant and temporary tent accommodation for up to 400 people unable to return to their homes.