Minister for Defence Stephen Smith today drew attention to the public consultation process for two initiatives focused on civilian access to military facilities.
Independent Review of the Future Use of the Royal Australian Navy’s Garden Island facility by visiting cruise ships
In June I announced an independent review of the future use of the Royal Australian Navy’s Garden Island facility by visiting cruise ships.
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.
Further information on the Review, its Terms of Reference, and advice on preparing submissions, is available at www.defence.gov.au/oscdf/CruiseShipAccessReview
Submissions should be forwarded by 31 October 2011 by email to CruiseShipAccess.Review [at] defence.gov.au or by mail to the following address:
Cruise Ship Access Review Secretariat
Department of Defence
PO Box 7901
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610
Review into Civil Aviation Access to Air Force Airfields
In July I released the Air Force Review into Civil Aviation Access to Air Force Airfields for public consultation. This review is a requirement of the 2009 National Aviation White Paper.
The Government is committed to allowing civil access to military airfields where this can be balanced with Defence’s need for security, operations and training.
Consultation and industry input is an important part of this review process. The civil aviation industry is encouraged to consider the review, and provide comments for Government to consider.
The consultation period is open until 31 October 2011
The review report and further information on how to make submission can be found at http://www.airforce.gov.au/aboutus/welcometopublicconsultation.aspx
Submissions can be made to the Review via the website, by email to: RaafCivil.Review [at] defence.gov.au (subject: REVIEW%20CIVIL%20AVIATION%20ACCESS%20TO%20AIR%20FORCE%20AIRFIELDS) or by mail to the following address:
Deputy Director Civil Military Aviation Coordination
Air Force Headquarters,
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610
Mr Smith’s Office: Andrew Porter (02) 6277 7800 or 0419 474 392
Department: (02) 6127 1999