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OUNDING up sheep, catching
foxes, removing snakes and the
occasional protest rally are just
some of the tasks that can keep
Alex Frolow busy.
Alex is Base Support Manager for the
Edinburgh Defence Precinct in South Australia
that includes RAAF Base Edinburgh, the Defence
Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO),
Woomera and the Edinburgh Parks Offices
and when combined, is larger than the size of
“No site this big could possibly be free of
difficulties,” Alex says.
“We have experienced protests from time
to time. We have the odd situation with snakes
at RAAF Base Edinburgh and we regularly have
rabbit and bird management issues, especially
around the airfield.
“We have had to round up sheep from
the Woomera Oval. They had strayed from a
neighbouring sheep station in search of food
during the drought. That call was followed up
with another saying that pest and vermin control
was being put in place to remove a fox that was
also on the oval.”
The Edinburgh Defence Precinct covers
1500 hectares and includes 1300 structures
representing a wide range of Defence functions
They include offices, residential
accommodation, workshops and engineering
facilities, laboratories, medical and dental
services and sports and recreational facilities.
There are about 6000 personnel working
across the precinct.
RAAF Base Edinburgh has about 3500
personnel on site and this includes about 1800 Air
Force and 1100 Army personnel.
This does not include Woomera, located
500km north of Adelaide, which is home to the
Woomera Test Range and RAAF Base Woomera.
It’s also the western world’s largest specialised
overland weapons test and evaluation range
covering 127,000sq/km, which on its own is
roughly the same size as England.
DSTO is an important resident at Edinburgh.
It is the Australian Government’s lead agency
dedicated to providing science and technology
support for the country’s defence and security
needs. It works closely with industry and the
science and technology communities to enhance
DSTO’s research activities are primarily
conducted in controlled laboratories and
designated research areas. Many of these
facilities are contained within purpose-built
buildings that have been constructed in the last
Edinburgh also boasts a weapon training
simulation system, night-fighting training facility,
multiple simulators, firing ranges and the base
run track for M113 driver training.
“There has been a great deal of upgrade work
at the Edinburgh Defence Precinct in the last
couple of years, with some great buildings and
facilities to support the establishment of
1 Brigade,” Alex says.
“We’ve got the Monash Training Centre,
which is a fabulous facility used for an array
of training and conferencing needs, the health
centre, gym and messes.
“New Single LEAP living-in accommodation
was completed and officially opened in
2013. This provides a very good standard of
accommodation on base with 432 units.”
Alex says the Edinburgh Defence Precinct has
established a good working relationship with the
“We engage with local councils in relation
to future development plans, and engage with
schools, other teaching institutions as well as
community organisations in the area,” he says.
“This is something that we are particularly
focused on. We have hosted a number of
community based events including charities and
“We also have formal links with emergency
services organisations and the South Australian
Government to support Defence and defence
industry in South Australia.”
As an example, RAAF Base Edinburgh
recently provided Defence Assistance to the Civil
Community support to the State Government
by providing airfield access and refueling to a
number of interstate aircraft that were involved
in fighting the bushfires in the Adelaide Hills in
January this year.
Issue 1 2015 Defence
THERE are 42 resident units at
Edinburgh Defence Precinct. The
following represent the larger units:
No. 92 Wing
Aerospace Operational Support
HQ 1 Brigade (Adelaide)
Defence Science and Technology
No. 1 Radar Surveillance Unit
No. 453 Squadron Edinburgh Flight
Maritime Patrol Systems Program
No. 24 (City of Adelaide) Squadron
Over The Horizon Radar Systems
The 1 Brigade Headquarters building,
above, and the Single LEAP living-in
accommodation, right, are just a few
of the new upgrades completed at
the Edinburgh Defence Precinct in
the past few years.
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