Demolition of structures

Defence is proposing the demolition and removal of 19 structures at RAAF Base Point Cook, Victoria (formerly RAAF Williams – Point Cook).

The structures to be demolished include a range of buildings redundant to Australian Defence Force requirements, including:

  • Bellman hangars
  • RAAF standard huts
  • store facilities
  • toilet blocks.

The structures planned to be removed will address safety concerns arising from poor condition and reduce ongoing maintenance costs.

In 2019 the matter was referred to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

In 2020, the Environment Minister determined the removal of heritage buildings to be a ‘Controlled Action’. Defence is required to prepare a Preliminary Documentation (PD) Report as the assessment method.

Consultation

The public consultation period to provide comments on the PD closed on Thursday 11 April 2024. Defence will review public comments to update the PD. 

A final version of the PD will be submitted to DCCEEW for the decision stage of the assessment.