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he enhanced land Force
(elF) initiative is a $10 billion
commitment by government that
will increase army’s numbers
to 31,000 and provide new
equipment and facilities for
around 3000 additional aDF personnel.
ELF is being implemented in two stages. The
first stage primarily focuses on the relocation of the
3rd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment (3
RAR) from Sydney to Townsville and the accelerated
growth of 7 RAR in Darwin. The second stage
involves re-establishing 8/9 RAR in Brisbane.
Defence Support Group’s Infrastructure
Division’s role is to develop the facilities and
infrastructure required for ELF to support
the ADF, ranging from modern unit working
accommodation and headquarter buildings, to
living in accommodation for students, to enhanced
weapons ranges and training facilities at several
bases and training areas across Australia.
Infrastructure Division’s Director for the ELF
Facilities Project, Richard Tanzer and his small
team faced a considerable challenge, defining,
developing and then delivering the facilities and
supporting infrastructure required for a range of
these new enhanced capabilities.
“Our strategy for the development and
delivery of the facilities and infrastructure was
driven by the Army’s needs for new training and
working accommodation,” Mr Tanzer said.
It was clear from early investigations that
existing facilities were not sufficient to accommodate
the increase in ADF personnel and equipment
required to implement and sustain the ELF initiative.
“The Army’s schedule required us to deliver
some modest interim working and training
facilities to meet early surge requirements,
while developing the scope and costs for the full
range of permanent facilities and infrastructure
requirements needed to support the first stage of
the ELF initiative,” Mr Tanzer said.
While the interim facilities were being
developed and completed in 2008 to meet the
Army’s initial needs, the ELF facilities project
team’s main focus was establishing the broad
range of permanent facilities required to support
the first stage of the initiative.
For stage one of the ELF project, the focus was
on providing facilities and supporting infrastructure
for the relocation of 3 RAR from Sydney to
Townsville, including its new battalion lines and
close training facilities at Lavarack Barracks. It
also needed to include facilities and infrastructure
in various locations across five States for the
associated training and joint enabling elements
needed by the Army and Air Force.
Multi-disciplinary project management and
design teams were engaged to assist Mr Tanzer’s
small in-house team of 10 staff.
“The professional project management and
design specialists provided the expert resources
we needed to meet our challenging project
timelines. Our job was to give them clear guidance
on the requirements,” Mr Tanzer said.
The success of the project development task
hinged on the ability of the team in Infrastructure
Division to engage the sponsors, key stakeholders
and user groups representatives.
“A lot of input was needed into this complex
infrastructure project,” Mr Tanzer said. “One of our
earliest tasks was to identify all key stakeholders
in the project, encourage their input, and ensure
their input was timely and accurate.
“Our colleagues in Defence Support
Operations, the planning, environment and
heritage staff of Infrastructure Division, and a
wide range of Army and Air Force stakeholders, all
made critical contributions to the project.”
The project development activity culminated
in the ELF facilities project team referring their
project to the Parliamentary Standing Committee
on Public Works (PWC) in November 2008. In
March 2009, the PWC reported to Parliament
which cleared the works to proceed.
The project, estimated to cost $793.1 million,
included the modern purpose-built facilities and
supporting infrastructure for 3 RAR in Townsville.
“3 RAR’s new facilities will be similar to
functionally effective facilities enjoyed by 1 RAR and
2 RAR in Townsville since 2004,” Mr Tanzer said.
Facilities at Kapooka, Singleton, Holsworthy
and Puckapunyal will also provide modern
accommodation and supporting infrastructure
for increased Army training, and new facilities at
RAAF Bases Amberley, Edinburgh and Richmond
for joint enabling elements.
“These elements are the Air Force and
logistics elements that are required to support the
growth and operations of around 2700 additional
soldiers under the ELF initiative,” Mr Tanzer said.
The ELF project team is now involved in the
tendering of the construction contracts for the
majority of the works. Construction is expected to
start in mid-2009 and be completed by late 2011.
“We are also now pressing hard to complete
the development of the stage two project and we
plan to refer the stage two facilities project to
Parliament later this year,” Mr Tanzer said.
Head Infrastructure John Owens is very
pleased with the team’s work on ELF stage one.
“We reached a major project milestone in
March 2009 for the stage one facilities project,”
Mr Owens said.
“All those involved in this project, especially
in the Infrastructure Division, are to be
congratulated for reaching this milestone. They
have brought this very complex project from the
broad concept stage to approval in record time.
“Unfortunately, there is no opportunity to
relax and enjoy this success, as we now have to
implement the stage one project and progress the
equally complex stage two project.”
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EnhAncing ThE Alotofinputswereneededintothiscomplexinfrastructureproject,one
of our earliest tasks was to identify all key stakeholders in the project,
encourage their input, and ensure their input was timely and accurate.
– Infrastructure Division’s Director for the Enhanced
Land Force Facilities Project Richard Tanzer
Private reece Jowers from the Darwin-based 7th
Battalion royal australian regiment maintains a
secure watch as troops from the mentoring and
reconstruction Task Force 1 patrol the streets of
Tarin Kowt, afghanistan. Photo: Corporal Ricky Fuller
By Alan McGrath
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