Minister for Defence - Australian Defence Force Academy redevelopment officially opened

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The Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Minister for Defence

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6 May 2015

Today I officially opened the Adams Auditorium, marking the completion of a $98 million Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) redevelopment project.

The ADFA redevelopment project includes a 1200-seat auditorium, indoor sports centre, Cadet’s Mess kitchen, and refurbishment of teaching facilities and accommodation. The project is designed to meet current and future academic and military training needs and provide modern, high quality and energy efficient facilities.

The scope and delivery of training at ADFA has changed significantly since its doors opened in 1986. Changes in teaching techniques and the requirements of modern learning environments meant new facilities were needed to deliver efficient training and education at ADFA.

With these excellent new facilities, ADFA will continue to produce the best future leaders for the Navy, Army and Air Force.

The naming of the auditorium after Rear Admiral Brian Adams and the theatres after Air Chief Marshal Sir Neville McNamara, Captain Reginald Saunders and Sister Alice Ross-King; acknowledges the enduring legacy and accomplishments of these individuals and I welcome their family members and descendants here today.

The new facility will be available for Department of Defence and whole of government use in the near future.

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