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n 10 september, the annual
Defence environment and
Heritage Awards were
presented by the secretary of
Defence, Dr Ian Watt, and chief
of the Defence Force Air chief
Marshal Angus Houston.
Now in their fifth year, the awards provide
special recognition for outstanding environmental
achievements by military and civilian people
who have assisted Defence in meeting its
environmental legislative and policy obligations.
“These awards demonstrate that our men and
women are achieving first class outcomes for the
environment as well as fulfilling Defence’s mission
at a time when our operational tempo remains very
high,” ACM Houston said.
Dr Watt also congratulated this year’s
winners. “I am delighted to see the range of
people and projects being acknowledged. This
shows Defence’s commitment to caring for the
environment, whether on the Defence estate, at
sea, in the air, and wherever Defence operates in
the world,” Dr Watt said.
This year’s winners are:
Air Force Headquarters and Dsg’s
Defence Publishing service (DPs) Audio
Visual section for contributions to developing
environmental awareness through the RAAF
environment Awareness DVD.
The DVD, filmed and produced by the DPS
Audio Visual section, with the help of Air Force
and Defence Support personnel at three RAAF
Bases and in Air Force Headquarters. This DVD is
used in the Air Force induction programs to inform
personnel planning operations and exercises.
The award was accepted by Group Captain
Ron Irons from Air Force Headquarters and Scot
McCann from DPS Audio Visual.
Defence establishment Berrimah for the
detection and containment of Yellow crazy Ants.
Yellow Crazy Ants, part of a group of
damaging and invasive pests known as Tramp Ants
because they are easily transported around the
world, were detected as a result of a school project
involving a child of an Air Force Family living
on base. Defence personnel, ADF families and
contractors, have worked with Northern Territory
Government agencies to map the infestation and
contain and eradicate the colonies.
The award was accepted by Damian Legg and
Adam Taylor from Defence Establishment Berrimah,
Defence Support Central and West region.
Randwick Barracks, Northern New
south Wales Region, for innovation and
contributions to water efficiency.
Randwick Barracks was using around 200
kilolitres of water per day at the beginning of 2008
when some determined staff began work on water
saving measures. Plumbing repairs were made,
water saving devices installed and an awareness
campaign was instituted. The response from the
entire base was outstanding and by November
2008 usage was down to only 63 kilolitres a day;
a third of the former consumption. This equates to
cost savings of around $140,000 per year.
Ms Raffy Andreoli accepted the award on
behalf of personnel at Randwick Barracks.
HMAs Labuan, Navy Headquarters
and Defence science and Technology
Organisation (DsTO) for a research project on
beaked whales in the coral sea.
Defence scientists are at the forefront of
research on the impact of underwater sound on
marine life with this project the first research
activity in Australian waters dedicated to beaked
whales, an elusive group of marine mammals.
In recent times, Anti-Submarine Warfare sonar’s
used by Navies from other countries have been
implicated in stranding of these whales in the
The crew of HMAS Labuan provided seagoing
support to the project, particularly displaying
innovative seamanship to deploy and recover delicate
scientific equipment under arduous conditions.
Lieutenant Commander Warren Wood and
Able Seaman Laundon (HMAS Labuan), and Mark
Savage (DSTO) accepted the award.
Fleet Base West and senior Ranger Trevor
smith for innovative cooperative arrangements
with the Western Australian government for
excellent management of shared Defence and
public areas at garden Island.
Defence has had an agreement with the
Western Australian Department of Environment and
Conservation for a number of years to jointly manage
the environment, and visitors, on Garden Island. This
agreement has worked exceptionally well due to the
skills and commitment of Trevor Smith, Senior Ranger
on Garden Island for the past 10 years.
Commander Dean Powell accepted the award
on behalf of Fleet Base West and Senior Ranger
Congratulations to all award winners.
Nominations for 2010 will be called for in March
Recognition for outstanding
2009 enVIronMent AnD HerItAGe AwArDs
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