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as part of the overall Australian Government contribution, will work
alongside the Victoria Police to provide security for the Games, as
well as providing a range of ceremonial and general support to Melbourne
2006 (M2006) Corporation and the Office of Commonwealth Games Coordination,
the Victorian Government’s Games organisers.
This support is known as Operation Acolyte. Acolyte is Greek for ‘helper’
or ‘assistant’ and was chosen to symbolise Defence’s supporting role
in the staging of the Commonwealth Games.
Strategic planning for the operation began in Canberra in 2003, and
in February 2005 a dedicated team of 17 people was established at Victoria
Barracks, Melbourne to continue detailed planning.
Operation Acolyte will include 2,600 Australian Defence Force personnel,
from across the three services, performing a range of specialist roles
to provide security, ceremonial and general support.
These extra troops will be accommodated at, and working from, existing
Defence establishments in and around Melbourne including: Simpson Barracks,
Watsonia; Maygar Barracks, Broadmeadows; RAAF Williams, Laverton and
Point Cook; and, Victoria Barracks, Melbourne.
The Department of Defence, through Operation Acolyte, will assist in
providing world class support to ensure a safe, secure and successful
staging of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Acolyte is commanded by Brigadier Andrew "Boomer"
Information current at 16 February 2006