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A relationship between Indigenous Australians
and Defence Support staff in the Northern Territory
to improve environmental and capability values
of the Bradshaw Field Training Area has been
recognised as one of the award winners at the
2010 Environment and Heritage Awards.
The efforts of Defence Support-Central and West
Region (Northern Territory) were recognised as
Defence Support Group’s Infrastructure Division
hosted the sixth annual awards on September 23.
The then-Acting Chief of the Defence Force,
Lieutenant General David Hurley, and Acting
Secretary Stephen Merchant presented the awards
to recognise, encourage and promote significant
achievements in environmental and heritage
management by service and civilian personnel.
Details of this year’s award winners are as follows:
Defence Support-Central and West Region
(Northern Territory): For developing land
management partnerships with Indigenous people
to help maintain the environmental and capability
values of Bradshaw Field Training Area.
Under the Indigenous Land Use Agreement for
Bradshaw, Defence Support staff in the Northern
Territory worked with the Northern Land Council
to provide on-the-job training to local Aboriginal
people. The training covered bushfire management,
soil conservation and track maintenance to
maintain the operational capacity of the airfields
and the access tracks on the Training Area.
Defence now has access to trained, locally-
based people who will be able to provide land
management services at Bradshaw at significantly
lower cost than contractors from Darwin.
The award was accepted by Major Rick Williams
and Mrs Robyn Maurer from Defence Support-
Central and West Region.
The Fuel Equipment Maintenance Section, 22
Squadron, RAAF Base Richmond: for innovative
measures to reduce liquid waste in the
The team designed and built, from recycled
materials, a portable drip-tray device to separate
liquid wastes for reuse and recycling.
This innovation has significantly reduced the need
for disposal of waste by landfill and incineration,
which in turn has reduced the generation of
pollution and greenhouse gases.
The initiative reduced the environmental risk under
the RAAF Richmond Environmental Management
System and has also resulted in a more pleasant
and safe workplace.
The award was accepted by Sergeant Donovan
Jenyns and Leading Aircraftman Steven Myles
from the Fuel Equipment Maintenance Section.
The Facilities Management Section, Special Forces
Training Facility at Holsworthy Barracks: for waste
management and reuse to support capability.
Holsworthy has seen major redevelopments which
have produced large quantities of demolition
material and building waste.
Instead of this waste being sent to landfill, the
Facilities Management Section used it to construct
buildings, landscapes and scenarios for training by
Special Forces units. During the last three years
the Section diverted a remarkable 600,000 tonnes
of material from landfill.
Mr Pat Edmonds accepted the award on behalf
of the Facilities Management Section.
The project team for the Enhanced Land Force
Stage One Works at Kapooka: for commitment to
best practice in environmental management during
the design and construction of these facilities.
As part of the project, the sewage treatment plant
at Kapooka was upgraded and new pipelines were
installed to supply treated effluent.
This resulted in an increase of only 20 per cent
in the consumption of potable water for these
extensive new facilities. Moreover, it laid the
foundations for further substantial water savings
at Kapooka as the new pipelines will supply
treated water to other facilities that will be built
during redevelopment in the next few years.
The design of carparks will minimise stormwater
run-off and pollution in the local catchment. Lawns
and exotic gardens are being replaced with local
native species, thereby further reducing water
use and enhancing the remnants of a critically
endangered ecological community that is found
in the area.
The award was accepted by Lieutenant
Colonel Jason Miezio from Infrastructure Asset
Development Branch and Mr John Wantling, Base
Congratulations to all award winners. For
more information on Defence’s commitment
to environment and heritage please visit
the intranet at http://intranet.defence.gov.
au/environment/default.htm or send your
enquiries the Environment and Heritage Mailbox
aBOVe: The then Acting Chief of the Defence Force,
Lieutenant General David Hurley, and then- Acting
Secretary Mr Stephen Merchant with Environment and
Heritage Award winners for 2010. From Left to right:
Major Rick Williams (DS-CW), Mrs Robyn Maurer (DS-
CW), Mr Pat Edmonds (DS-NNSW), Mr Stephen Merchant
(A/Secretary), Lieutenant Colonel Jason Miezio (IAD), Mr
John Wantling (DS-SNSW), Lieutenant General David
Hurley (A/CDF), Sergeant Donovan Jenyns (RAAF 22
Squadron) and Leading Aircraftman Steven Myles (RAAF
22 Squadron). Photo: Leading Aircraftman Aaron Curran
By Jennifer Dansby
2010 Chief of the Defence Force and
Secretary Environment and Heritage Awards
hEritagE in safE hands
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