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Army March 31, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
THE stage-four redevelopment of
Lavarack Barracks was awarded
Building of the Year by the Australian
Institute of Architects jury for the
North Queensland Regional Awards on
BVN Architecture has been responsi-
ble for the design of many stages of the
Lavarack Barracks redevelopment since
2000. The latest award is the 14th given to
buildings at Lavarack Barracks.
BVN Architecture Principal David
Kelly said Lavarack Barracks set a new
benchmark for good design in Defence
projects back in 2000.
"This latest award demonstrates the
Department of Defence's ongoing commit-
ment to well-designed facilities to support
their personnel," Mr Kelly said.
Stage four cost $207.2 million and
included facilities for 11CSSB and B Sqn
3/4 Cav Regt in 2007.
Works included the eastern and western
RAPs, new area gymnasium (including
squash courts, cardio and weights, lecture
area, multipurpose courts, rock climbing
and abseiling wall) and both the eastern
and western PT shelters, the new military
police precinct, and the new western vehi-
cle wash. Works at 3CER began in 2008
and were completed in 2010.
The works for 4 Fd Regt began in 2009
and are being finalised this year.
Another major Defence project in
Townsville is scheduled to be completed
this year, the Enhanced Land Force Stage
1 project. At a cost of $385m, it facili-
tates 3RAR's relocation from Holsworthy
Barracks and includes 3RAR working
accommodation, workshops, armouries,
significant new site-wide infrastructure
and increased messing capacity.
Also included in these works is a new
workshop facility for Joint Logistics Unit
North Queensland, a new 20-lane marks-
manship training range in Townsville Field
Training Area (TFTA).
Enhanced Land Force Stage 2 will be
the next project. Facilities to train combat
troops will be enhanced by another $77m.
Lavarack Barracks and TFTA will
benefit from new training facilities, extra
training ranges and additional explo-
sive ordnance storage for the Defence
Explosive Ordnance Service.
By LCpl Mark Doran
A MEMORIAL will be dedicated at
Warradale Barracks in South Australia
on April 10 to honour the Royal
Thousands of Australian engineers
who have served, paid the supreme sacri-
fice or have been wounded or injured in
war and training will be recognised by the
RAE Association SA Division presi-
dent Ken Daly said there had never been a
memorial for engineers in South Australia
and that it was not only fitting, but well
"The committee of the association
and I felt for a long period of time there
should be one for RAE personnel who
have been employed in peacekeeping and
operational roles," Mr Daly said.
"Through the planning and consul-
tancy with members of the association
and liaison with 3 Fd Sqn, we created the
memorial to remember the engineers who
The memorial will be located near
the Stan Watson Complex at Warradale
Barracks and will be used by the squadron
to fly the Australian and unit flags.
Invitations for the dedication have
been sent to many VIPs including the
Head and RSM of Corps, Brig Wayne
Budd and WO1 Tony Quirk, as well as
Felicity-Ann Lewis, the Mayor of Marion.
The memorial will also acknowledge
Cpl G.J. Moodie, Spr N.J. Brown and Spr
C.D. Hunt from 3 Fd Sqn, killed in 1968
when returning from exercise at Cultana.
All sappers and their families are
encouraged to attend the dedication,
which begins at noon.
Memorial will honour
works at Lavarack
Barracks have won
LAVARACK Barracks was devel-
oped in 1965-66 and since then
has been progressively upgraded
with state-of-the-art facilities.
The most significant rede-
velopment of Lavarack Barracks
commenced in 1992 as a multi-
stage project, which improved
the effectiveness and efficiency
of the infrastructure in support of
Stage one provided opera-
tional and support facilities for the
barracks with new facilities pro-
vided for elements of 3CSSB and
the Lavarack Barracks Medical
Stage two, at a cost of $145m,
replaced the existing living-in
accommodation (LIA) with mod-
ern facilities and provided three
messes within the LIA precincts.
Stage three, at a cost of
$176m, started the process of
replacing the working accommo-
dation for 3 Bde HQ, 3CSR, Land
Command force elements (CTC),
Training Command units and area
facilities. It has also catered for
the future relocation of 11 Bde
from Jezzine Barracks.
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