Improved civilian access to military facilities
Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, today announced two initiatives aimed at enhancing civilian access to military facilities in Australia.
Cruise ship docking at Garden Island, Sydney
Mr Smith announced an independent review of the future use of the naval docks at Garden Island in Sydney by visiting cruise ships.
A recent NSW Government report has highlighted the increase in cruise ships visiting Sydney.
The report also identifies future requirements for berth space for large cruise ships east of the Harbour Bridge.
The independent review will assess whether there is scope to enhance cruise ship access to Garden Island without adversely impacting on its priority role of supporting Navy maritime operations.
The review will focus on be opportunities for greater civil-military cooperation in the use of finite berthing resources for very large vessels in Sydney.
The review will also take into account the increase in use of Garden Island by new, larger Royal Australian Navy ships including the two Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock ships, the Landing Ship Dock vessel ex-RFA Largs Bay, and three Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers.
These ships will require suitable berthing facilities and will draw on Sydney’s strong industry support base for maintenance and repairs.
The independent review will assess whether there is scope for a more flexible approach that balances Navy’s needs with cruise industry requirements to secure advanced berth bookings for cruise ships visiting Sydney Harbour.
The review will be undertaken by Dr Allan Hawke AC, who has recently completed a review of the future management and use of the Woomera Protected area.
Further details of the review will be released in the coming weeks.
Images of the Garden Island facility are available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/fotoweb/Grid.fwx?archiveId=5003&search=20113077
Vision is being fed to Parliament House in Canberra.
Review into Civil Aviation Access to Air Force Airfields
Minister for Defence Stephen Smith released for public consultation the Air Force Review into Civil Aviation Access to Air Force Airfields.
The Australian Government is committed to allowing civil access to military airfields where this can be balanced with Air Force and Defence’s need for security, operations and training.
The Air Force Review into Civil Aviation Access to Air Force Airfields is an initiative contained in the 2009 National Aviation White Paper.
Consultation and industry response is an important part of the review process. It is important that the civil aviation industry consider the review and its recommendations and provide comments to the Government for consideration.
The consultation period is open until 31 October 2011.
The review is available at: http://www.airforce.gov.au/aboutus/welcometopublicconsultation.aspx.
Feedback can be provided through the website or by forwarding a submission to:
Deputy Director Civil Military Aviation Coordination
Air Force Headquarters