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Army September 17, 2009
By WO2 Graham McBean
WORK on new facilities for
7RAR and its supporting units at
the Edinburgh Defence precinct
is well under way to providing
world-class facilities for the bat-
talion in SA.
Almost 12 months of construc-
tion has been completed since the
two lead contracts were let last
October for a combined value of
$410 million, with the project almost
perfectly on schedule.
Director Hardened and
Networked Army (HNA) Lt-Col
Jason Miezio said the construction
site was "a sea of people" work-
ing toward the December 2010/early
2011 occupancy date for the bat-
He said a lot of the work com-
pleted was in ground and would not
be highly visible but construction
was "tracking particularly well and
almost bang on target".
"7RAR can expect to relocate
from temporary facilities and move
into world-class facilities for the
ADF," Lt-Col Miezio said.
"I think soldiers will be pleasant-
ly surprised and impressed with the
By WO2 Graham McBean
DRIVER trainers in the West are look-
ing for nominations from WA-based
units as the increased operational
tempo in 13 Bde reduces numbers
available for ongoing courses.
Instructional staff at WAUR are look-
ing for students and assistant driver
instructors to maintain its schedule of
courses over the next six months.
Sgt Darren Dowsett, WAUR driver-
trainer section, said soldiers from WA
were preparing for deployment to RCB
and Op Anode.
"The driver courses are still continu-
ing in the brigade and we are just not
getting the nominations coming in for
instructor support or trainees to attend
the courses," Sgt Dowsett said.
He said it was the perfect opportunity
for units that may not have been able to
get their soldiers on courses and there
was flexibility to accommodate specific
unit needs for vehicle training.
WAUR recently conducted a Land
Rover course for 10LHR but included
the Regional Force Surveillance Vehicle
components to assist with the unit's con-
version from APCs.
"The students walked away with two
licence codes after 16 days.
"We welcome units to let us know
what additional components they would
like us to run," he said.
Sgt Dowsett said it was an ideal
opportunity for individuals to improve
the level of their military and civilian
driving skills and for units to meet their
Further information on driver training in WA is
available from Sgt Dowsett on (08) 93112360.
working accommodation that pro-
vides them with a home from which
they can live and fight."
The 7RAR relocation is part of a
$2.8 billion infrastructure develop-
ment under the HNA and Enhanced
Land Force initiatives.
Recent project milestones include
the completion of the 25m range on
barracks and the start of the com-
munications and in-ground infra-
Next stages will include 7RAR
facilities, a combat-engineer squad-
ron, a medium artillery battery, a
combat service support team and a
brigade headquarters detachment,
which are expected to be completed
on schedule by October next year.
Common facilities include a
training facility with lecture theatre,
battle simulation centre, WTSS and
Lt-Col Miezio said the HNA and
ELF projects represented a huge
increase in ADF capability.
He said the projects were marked
by a close relationship between
view of the
Keep on truckin': Sig Stamantis, 109 Sig Sqn, and Spr Rees, 13 Fd Sqn,
inspect their vehicle during driver training in Western Australia.
Photo by Cpl Melissa Lucas
continues in WA
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