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East Bandiana, VIC

Key Facts

  • The Defence Logistics Transformation Program is investing in new facilities and infrastructure at Wadsworth Barracks, East Bandiana for the Joint Logistics Unit (Victoria).
  • At the peak of construction, the project will draw on a labour force of up to 310 people in the Albury-Wodonga region.

Progress

Construction activities commenced in February 2014 and are on schedule to be completed by mid 2015.

Background

The Joint Logistics Unit (Victoria) provides designated logistic support to Australian Defence Force elements in Victoria and Tasmania.

At East Bandiana, the Joint Logistics Unit (Victoria) occupies relatively modern storage and maintenance facilities. These new facilities are being retained and have been incorporated into the design of the new precinct to minimise the extent of new construction work and maximise value for money.

Location Plan & High Level Site Plan



Summary of Works

Defence is constructing:

  • a new entry precinct, including a reception building and a gatehouse;
  • a new warehouse for disposals, storage of loan and repair pool equipment and deep storage of other stores;
  • a new secure storage and maintenance facility;
  • a new communications and IT building;
  • pavement and shelters for the storage of armoured vehicles; and
  • in-ground engineering services and car parking to support the above works.

Summary of the Delivery Mechanism

Defence has elected to use the Managing Contractor form of delivery for the works at East Bandiana. More information on the Managing Contractor form of delivery is available at Estate Management

Following a competitive tender process, Defence awarded the Managing Contractor Contract to a John Holland / Joss Construction Joint Venture in mid 2011.

The John Holland / Joss Construction Joint Venture is responsible for managing the design and construction of the project, while all design and construction activities are undertaken by subcontractors engaged by the Managing Contractor.

The National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry and the Australian Government Implementation Guidelines for the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry August 2009 apply to this project.

HMAS Stirling and Guildford, WA

Key Facts

  • The Joint Logistics Unit (West) wholesale warehousing and maintenance footprint occupies two discrete sites in the Perth area.
  • The development will address shortfalls with the current facilities through new or refurbishment works. Addressing these shortfalls will help the Joint Logistics Unit (West) to more effectively and efficiently provide logistics support to the Australian Defence Force.
  • At the peak of construction, the project will draw on a labour force of up to 100 people in the Perth region.

Progress

Construction activities commenced in June 2014 and are on schedule to be completed by mid 2015.

Background

The Joint Logistics Unit (West) provides logistic support to Australian Defence Force units in Western Australia from facilities in Perth at both Palmer Barracks, Guildford and HMAS Stirling, Rockingham.

The facilities occupied by the Joint Logistics Unit (West) are relatively modern and generally support the units longer-term requirements. Accordingly, only the following shortfalls will be addressed by the Defence Logistics Transformation Program:

  • the armoury at Palmer Barracks lacks a test fire capability necessitating that the weapons be transported to another range off-site which is both inefficient and costly;
  • maintenance of technical equipment occupies a disused carpenters shop at Palmer Barracks and lacks the specialist secure storage and maintenance capability required to support future technical fleets;
  • the vehicle hardstand at Palmer Barracks is too small, necessitating that vehicles and other equipment are parked or stored on unprepared areas; and
  • while the buildings are in good condition, the warehouses at HMAS Stirling could be operated more efficiently with some reconfiguration of the storage media.

Location Plan & High Level Site Plan

Summary of Works

Defence is constructing the following at Palmer Barracks:

  • a new indoor weapon test fire facility;
  • a refurbished workshop for the storage and maintenance of electronic instruments and radio repair; and
  • an expanded vehicle hardstand.

In addition to the above works, Defence will configure the internals of three warehouses at HMAS Stirling.

Summary of the Delivery Mechanism

Defence has elected to use the Head Contract (Construct Only) form of delivery for the works at Palmer Barracks and HMAS Stirling. More information on the Head Contract form of delivery is available at Estate Management

Following a competitive tender process, Defence has engaged:

  • Woods Bagot as the Project Manager / Contract Administrator;
  • GHD as the Design Services Consultant; and
  • Badge Constructions (SA) Pty Ltd as the Head Contractor.

Moorebank, NSW

Progress


Construction activities commenced in December 2012 at Moorebank and was completed in mid 2014.. On 1 July 2014, the new site was officially opened with the designation ‘LTGEN Des Mueller, AO, Joint Logistics Complex – Joint Logistics Unit (East)’, in honour of the significant contribution made by Lieutenant General Des Mueller, AO to the concept of Joint Logistics, and as the inaugural Commander Support Command – Australia.

Photos from the official opening can be viewed on the Defence Image Gallery.

Key Facts

  • The original site is around 110ha, of which Defence leases around 83ha from the Moorebank Industrial Property Trust.
  • Many of the existing facilities date back to World War II. Aside from asbestos removal and re-cladding, there has been little investment in these warehouses over the last 70 years.
  • Consolidating to fewer facilities with a reduced net storage and maintenance footprint will help the Defence National Storage and Distribution Centre to more efficiently and effectively provide logistics support to the Australian Defence Force.
  • The new facilities and infrastructure for the new Joint Logistics Unit (East) are on the Commonwealth owned land to the north and east of the current leased site at Moorebank.

Background

The Commonwealth acquired the existing Moorebank site in 1913. The site has been used for the storage of military equipment since 1915 and many of the existing warehouses still date back to World War II. In the early 1990s, the site became the Defence National Storage and Distribution Centre (DNSDC), as part of a reorganisation of the Defence wholesale logistics network.

In 2003, the Commonwealth disposed of approximately 83ha of the current site, leasing the property back. The initial lease term was 10 years (expiring 2013) with two five-year extension options available to Defence.

In order for the DNSDC to more effectively and efficiently deliver support to the Australian Defence Force, there is a need to consolidate the existing warehousing and maintenance functions at Moorebank. This necessitated a significant investment in new facilities and infrastructure.

It was not cost-effective for Defence to make a significant infrastructure investment on the leased site.

Location Plan & High Level Site Plan



Summary of Works

Defence has constructed the following new facilities:

  • signalised entry off Moorebank Avenue, staff car-park, vehicle check-point and guardhouse including pass office;
  • office building for the DNSDC headquarters staff;
  • General Storage Warehouse of approximately 40,000 m2;
  • storage of loan and repair pool equipment;
  • storage and maintenance facility for Aerial Delivery Equipment;
  • warehouse for cargo consolidation and other support to operations;
  • workshop for the maintenance of vehicles and other equipment;
  • secure storage and maintenance facility;
  • dangerous goods storage facility;
  • pavement for the storage of vehicles and other equipment (for example containers and generators); and
  • in ground engineering services, roads and perimeter fencing to support the above works.

Regeneration Works

At Moorebank, to the works included regeneration of the portion of ANZAC Creek which runs along the eastern boundary of the site and borders the West Wattle Grove Community. The regeneration works included replanting and revegetation works along the western boundary.

Summary of the Delivery Mechanism

Defence elected to use the Managing Contractor form of delivery for the works at Moorebank. More information on the Managing Contractor form of delivery is available at Estate Management

Following a competitive tender process, Defence awarded the Managing Contractor Contract to a John Holland / Joss Construction Joint Venture in mid 2011.

The John Holland / Joss Construction Joint Venture was responsible for managing the design and construction of the project, while all design and construction activities were undertaken by subcontractors, engaged by the Managing Contractor.

The National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry and the Australian Government Implementation Guidelines for the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry, August 2009, applied to this project.

FAQs



Robertson Barracks, NT

Key Facts

  • The Joint Logistics Unit (North) warehousing and maintenance footprint is currently spread across four discrete sites in the Darwin area, three of which are leased properties.
  • The planned development will see the Joint Logistics Unit (North) vacate these sites and occupy a single site at Robertson Barracks, Darwin.
  • Consolidating to fewer facilities with a reduced net storage and maintenance footprint will help Joint Logistics Unit (North) to more effectively and efficiently provide logistics support to the Australian Defence Force, and will realise financial savings in terms of reduced lease costs.
  • The works include a new western entrance to the barracks connecting to McMillans Road. This will enable Defence to close the existing Campbell Road entrance and divert barracks traffic away from Brandt Road, Stevens Road and Farrar Road.
  • At the peak of construction, the project will draw on a labour force of up to 1,200 people in the Darwin region.

Progress

Construction activities commenced in June 2013 and are on schedule to be completed by December 2014.

Background

Joint Logistics Unit (North) provides logistic support to Australian Defence Force elements operating in the Northern Territory, the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and deployed forces on operations.

The current Joint Logistics Unit (North) wholesale logistics network is split across RAAF Base Darwin and three separate leased sites at Winnellie, in Darwin.

The facilities works will enable Joint Logistics Unit (North) to vacate these sites and consolidate to a new greenfield site at Robertson Barracks. This will enable Joint Logistics Unit (North) to more effectively and efficiently deliver support to the Australian Defence Force.

Location Plan & High level site plan



Summary of Works

The works at Robertson Barracks include the construction of the following new facilities:

  • western access road and base entry point off McMillan Road to replace the existing Campbell Road entrance;
  • office building for the Joint Logistics Unit (North) headquarters staff;
  • general storage warehouse;
  • warehouse for loan and repair pool equipment;
  • workshop for the maintenance of vehicles and other equipment;
  • secure storage and maintenance facility;
  • dangerous goods storage facility;
  • regional clothing and kitting store;
  • small quantity facility;
  • mounting base facility;
  • pavement and shelters for the storage of vehicles and other equipment (for example containers and generators); and
  • in-ground engineering services, roads and perimeter fencing to support the above works.

Summary of the Delivery Mechanism

Defence has elected to use the Head Contract (Construct Only) form of delivery for the works at Robertson Barracks. More information on the Head Contract form of delivery is available at Estate Management

Following a competitive tender process, Defence engaged:

  • Sinclair Knight Merz as the Project Manager / Contract Administrator;
  • Trapp Architects as the Design Services Consultant; and
  • John Holland Pty Ltd as the Head Contractor.

Defence ran a two-stage open tender process to engage the construction contractor under Defences’ Head Contract (Construct Only) contract (HC-1 2003). Following a short-listing process in late 2011, Defence issued a request for tender in December 2012 to the shortlisted applicants. Tenders closed on 14 February 2013. Construction commenced in May 2013 and is planned to be completed in December 2014.

The National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry and the Australian Government Implementation Guidelines for the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry, August 2009, apply to this project.

RAAF Base Amberley, QLD

Key Facts

  • The Joint Logistics Unit (South Queensland) warehousing and maintenance footprint is currently spread across six discrete sites in South Queensland. Within the Brisbane area, the Joint Logistics Unit (South Queensland) operates from three discrete wholesale sites.
  • The planned development will see the Joint Logistics Unit (South Queensland) consolidate its wholesale activity in the Brisbane area to a single site at RAAF Base Amberley, while retaining a presence at both Gallipoli Barracks and Wallangarra.
  • Consolidating to fewer facilities with a reduced net storage and maintenance footprint will help the Joint Logistics Unit (South Queensland) to more effectively and efficiently provide logistics support to the Australian Defence Force.
  • At the peak of construction, the project will draw on a labour force of up to 1,200 people in the Brisbane area.

Progress

Construction activities commenced in April 2013 and are on schedule to be completed in early 2015.

Background

The Joint Logistics Unit (South Queensland) provides designated logistic support to Australian Defence Force elements in South Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

The current Joint Logistics Unit (South Queensland) wholesale facilities within the Brisbane area are split across three sites, those being Bulimba, Meeandah and RAAF Base Amberley. The planned infrastructure works will enable the Joint Logistics Unit (South Queensland) to vacate Bulimba and Meeandah, and consolidate its overall storage and maintenance footprint to a greenfield site at RAAF Base Amberley.

Location Plan & High Level Site Plan



Summary of Works

Defence is constructing:

  • an office building for the headquarters staff;
  • a general storage warehouse and cargo consolidation point;
  • a warehouse for loan and repair pool equipment;
  • a workshop for the maintenance of vehicles and other equipment;
  • a secure storage and maintenance facility;
  • a dangerous goods storage facility;
  • pavement and shelters for the storage of vehicles and other equipment (for example containers and generators); and
  • in-ground engineering services, roads and perimeter fencing to support the above works.

Summary of the Delivery Mechanism

Defence elected to use the Managing Contractor form of delivery for the works at RAAF Base Amberley. More information on the Managing Contractor form of delivery is available at Estate Management

Following a competitive tender process, Defence awarded the Managing Contractor Contract to Leighton Contractors in mid 2011.

Leighton Contractors are responsible for managing the design and construction of the project, while all design and construction activities are undertaken by subcontractors engaged by the Managing Contractor.

The National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry and the Australian Government Implementation Guidelines for the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry August 2009 apply to this project.

RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA

Key Facts

  • The Joint Logistics Unit (South) warehousing and maintenance footprint is currently spread across two discrete sites in the Adelaide area.
  • The planned development will see the Joint Logistics Unit (South) vacate Warradale Barracks and expand the Joint Logistics Unit (South) precinct at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
  • Consolidating to fewer facilities with a reduced net storage and maintenance footprint will help the Joint Logistics Unit (South) to more effectively and efficiently provide logistics support to the Australian Defence Force.
  • Construction commenced in November 2013 and is planned to be completed in late 2014.
  • At the peak of construction, the project will draw on a labour force of up to 140 people in the Adelaide region.

Progress

Construction activities commenced in November 2013 and are on schedule to be completed in late 2014.

Background

The Joint Logistics Unit (South) provides designated logistic support to Australian Defence Force elements in South Australia and Broken Hill.

The current Joint Logistics Unit (South) facilities are split across two sites in Adelaide, those being RAAF Base Edinburgh and Warradale Barracks. The planned infrastructure works will enable the Joint Logistics Unit (South) to vacate Warradale Barracks and consolidate its activities at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

At RAAF Base Edinburgh the Joint Logistics Unit (South) occupies relatively modern storage and maintenance facilities, which were completed in 2011, under the Enhanced Land Force Stage 1 facilities project. These new facilities will be retained and have been incorporated into the design of the new precinct to minimise the extent of new construction work and maximise value for money.

Location Plan & High Level Site Plan



Summary of Planned Works

Defence is constructing:

  • a new warehouse for loan and repair pool equipment;
  • a new workshop for the maintenance of technical equipment;
  • in-ground engineering services and car parking to support the above works.

Summary of the Delivery Mechanism

Defence has elected to use the Head Contract (Construct Only) form of delivery for the works at RAAF Base Edinburgh. More information on the Head Contract form of delivery is available at Estate Management

Following a competitive tender process, Defence engaged:

  • Woods Bagot as the Project Manager / Contract Administrator;
  • GHD as the Design Services Consultant; and
  • Badge Constructions (SA) Pty Ltd as the Head Contractor.

Lavarack Barracks, Townsville QLD

Key Facts

  • The majority of the existing facilities were constructed in the 1970s, are at the end of their economic life and, as a result of their size, condition and location on the site, are unsuitable for reuse or refurbishment.
  • Defence is redeveloping and expanding the existing Joint Logistics Unit (North Queensland) precinct at Lavarack Barracks. The works will be contained within the existing property boundary of Lavarack Barracks.
  • At the peak of construction, the project will draw on a labour force of up to 1,200 people in the Townsville region.

Progress

Construction activities commenced in March 2013 and are on schedule to be completed in mid 2016.

Background

Joint Logistics Unit (North Queensland) provides logistics support to around 44 Australian Defence Force elements throughout North Queensland, from Mackay to the Torres Straight, and west to the Northern Territory border.

Headquartered at Lavarack Barracks, Townsville, Joint Logistics Unit (North Queensland) currently conducts operations across Lavarack Barracks, RAAF Base Townsville, Ross Island, and Macrossan in Northern Queensland. At Lavarack Barracks, the unit occupies a number of permanent and temporary buildings, many of which were constructed in the 1970s.

Joint Logistics Unit (North Queensland) will maintain a small footprint at RAAF Base Townsville to support regional explosive ordnance services requirements. Storage of bridging equipment will also remain at Macrossan, and the marine repair capability will remain at Ross Island. There are no capital infrastructure works planned at these supporting sites under the Defence Logistics Transformation Program.

Location Plan & Higher Level Site Plan



Summary of Works

The works at Lavarack Barracks include the construction of the following new facilities:

  • headquarters for the unit;
  • general storage warehouse;
  • warehouse for loan and repair pool equipment;
  • land materiel maintenance workshop to support the workshop capacity provided under the Enhanced Land Force initiative (see below);
  • dangerous goods storage facility;
  • mounting base facility;
  • hardstand and shelters for the storage of vehicles and other equipment; and
  • in-ground engineering services, car parking and other road works to support the above facilities.

In 2011, the Enhanced Land Force Stage 1 facilities project completed a new land materiel maintenance workshop and secure storage facility at Lavarack Barracks for Joint Logistics Unit (North Queensland). These new facilities are retained and have been incorporated into the design of the new precinct to minimise the extent of new construction work and maximise value for money.

Summary of the Delivery Mechanism

Defence elected to use the 'Managing Contractor' form of delivery for the works at Lavarack Barracks. More information on the 'Managing Contractor' form of delivery is available at Estate Management

Following a competitive tender process, Defence awarded the Managing Contractor Contract to Baulderstone Queensland (Baulderstone) in late 2011.

Baulderstone is responsible for managing the design and construction of the project including the procurement of the trade subcontractors and material suppliers.

The National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry and the Australian Government Implementation Guidelines for the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry, August 2009, apply to this project.