The Hammerhead Crane will be removed from the Garden Island naval Base in Sydney.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Senator David Feeney said the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities had approved the removal of the crane.
“Removing this crane will eliminate the safety risk it currently poses to Royal Australian Navy personnel, it will allow Navy to use Garden Island to its best possible advantage,” Senator Feeney said.
The conditions of approval require the heritage value components of the crane to be identified and salvaged. An archival record will be made of the crane and its history will be documented in a Heritage Interpretation Plan.
“Garden Island has a rich heritage spanning over 100 years.
“This heritage is carefully maintained by Defence to ensure a balance between the protection of historic heritage values, and maintaining the operational effectiveness of Garden Island in supporting the fleet. The removal of the crane heralds a new era for Garden Island as it becomes home to the Navy’s new large amphibious ships, the first of which is due to arrive in late 2013,” Senator Feeney said.
Defence intends to proceed swiftly to address the conditions of approval. Information will be published on the Defence website as this activity progresses.
The decision to remove the crane comes after a thorough environmental impact assessment which considered heritage impacts and included public consultation.
Built in 1951, the Hammerhead Crane was capable of lifting 250 tonnes at its peak. It has not been used since 1996.
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