Building has today started on the $870 million Moorebank Units Relocation Project in Holsworthy, NSW, with the turning of the first sod by the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney.
Representing the Chief of Army and turning the first sod with Senator Feeney was Deputy Commander 2nd Division, Brigadier Peter Clay CSC.
Senator Feeney said the works would include working, instructional, support and living-in accommodation to ensure all units were fully supported in the transition.
“This project will result in the relocation of 13 Army units and four Defence facilities, including the ‘Home of the Sapper’, Army’s School of Military Engineering.
“For Defence, this project is more than the relocation of facilities. It takes advantage of the opportunity to develop Holsworthy Barracks with the full range of facilities, infrastructure and services needed to effectively consolidate an efficient and lean Defence operation. The project is also timely, as Defence will no longer need to upgrade ageing facilities at the old Moorebank site.
“The fact that works have been planned for over 70 buildings, many of which are large and complex, and then coordinated with the local community and receiving all the relevant building approvals in a period of less than 18 months is an amazing achievement.
“The speed with which this project is being progressed is testimony to the drive, ability and genuine alignment of purpose that has been created between Defence and the Government more broadly. It is a proud moment for the Government and for all involved to see the project move into its next phase,” Senator Feeney said.
As part of the project, a new main barrack entry will be established along with new security arrangements, which will help address current traffic congestion in the area and deconflict traffic accessing the barracks from that seeking access to Holsworthy Railway Station and adjacent residences.
New physical fitness facilities will also be built, including a range of tailored facilities to assist ADF Special Forces in the preparation of their unique and challenging role, such as parachute, waterborne and scuba entry techniques.
A new mess will consolidate the existing 11 messes. A Military Engineering Heritage and Learning Centre will also be built.
Senator Feeney said the project would be a boost for local industry.
“This project will provide a direct cash injection into the local industry, with benefits for the wider Sydney region. It will result in an estimated 2000 new construction jobs and large-scale construction industry opportunities for small, medium and large enterprises over the next three years.
“This $870 million is in addition to the recently approved Defence Logistics Transformation Project, $210 million of which is for West Wattle Grove,” he said.
The Defence Logistics Transformation Project is a recently approved project that will see the upgrade of Defence’s logistics network. It will result in a $350 million savings as well as savings from ongoing efficiencies.
The Moorebank Units Relocation Project will be completed by mid-2015. It is an essential part of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Project, a major element of the Government’s National Freight Strategy, as it vacates Commonwealth land for redevelopment.
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Scope of Works:
The Moorebank Units Relocation Project consists of:
(a) Holsworthy Barracks Entry Precinct. The Entry Precinct is located at the front of the Barracks to provide the ready access to those organisations requiring a public or semi-public interface. This location allows the precinct to be separate from the security sensitive functions performed elsewhere in the Barracks. The Entry Precinct includes:
- Heathcote RoadNew Barracks Entry;
- LMA Chapel;
- Military Engineering Heritage and Learning Centre;
- Commercial Offices for Defence Support (DS) including DS-Northern NSW and DS-LMA including its Comprehensive Maintenance Contractor (CMC) - Brookfield Multiplex Services (BMS) and the Garrison Support Services (GSS) - Sodexho Defence Services (SDSS) regional offices;
- Defence Community Organisation (DCO);
- Working accommodation for ADF Cadets: TS Kanimbla, 23 Battalion ACU, 22/29 ACU and the AACB-Sydney;
- Signals Delivery Systems (SDS);
- Light Industrial Area for DS Transport Yard including the Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG) Store and LMA Q Store;
- Security infrastructure in the Entry Precinct;
- The LMA Clothing Store; and
- Australian Defence Credit Union (ADCU)and DEFCREDIT.
(b) School of Military Engineering (SME) Precinct. The SME Precinct provides a ‘TAFE style’ campus development for military engineering training within the Australian Army. The SME Precinct includes:
- Headquarters (HQ) and Training Wings for:
- Engineer Tactics training;
- Geospatial Engineer training;
- Specialist Engineer training;
- Construction training; and
- Initial Employment (IET) (ab-initio) training
2. Logistics support facilities for SME;
3. Permanent and Trainee Level 1 living-in accommodation for students;
4. Special purpose external training infrastructure including equipment bridging training areas and a plant training area; and
5. Heavy ‘C’ (construction) Vehicle Maintenance facilities to be occupied by a component of the Defence National Storage and Distribution Centre.
(c) Holsworthy Physical Fitness Complex. The Holsworthy Physical Fitness Complex provides a gymnasium facility for physical training and specialist physical training for Defence personnel on the Barracks. The complex includes special purpose enhancements to enable Special Operations Command personnel training in parachute, waterborne, dive and close combat techniques.
(d) Holsworthy Non-Special Forces Area Mess. The Holsworthy Non-Special Forces Area Mess provides a combined Mess for the non-Special Forces (SF) Defence personnel on the Barracks including absorbing the RAE Officer’s Mess, RAE Sergeant’s Mess and ‘Peeler Club’ (SME Other Ranks Club). The Mess provides facilities for All Ranks by using a shared central kitchen and stores with separate dining rooms and ante rooms for Officers, Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks.
(e) Training Precinct. The Training Precinct provides a second campus style precinct for the remaining minor Units relocated from Moorebank, 21 CONST REGT from Gallipoli Lines and the consolidation of 5 Brigade units and sub-units into common multi-use facilities. The Precinct provides working and instructional facilities to be shared between the regular and reserve components. The Training Precinct includes:
- LWC Regional Education Centre;
- Army Logistics Training Centre (ALTC) detachment;
- Army Financial Services Unit (AFSU now part of Army Compliance and Assurance Agency (ACAA));
- Maintenance Advisory Service (MAS now ACAA);
- Liverpool Military Area Library;
- Headquarters New South Wales Australian Army Cadet Corps Brigade (HQ NSW AAC Brigade);
- 5 Brigade Common User Facilities; and
- 21 CONST REGT.
(f) Demolition of obsolescent buildings at:
- Gallipoli Lines; and
- Kapyong Lines.
(g) Temporary relocation of those units temporarily displaced during construction of the proposed works:
- 21 CONST REGT;
- 17 CONST SQN; and
- ADF Cadets.