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Army June 23, 2011
MORE than 3000 new permanent living-in
accommodation units for single ADF person-
nel are to be constructed around Australia
under Phase 2 of the Single LEAP (Living
Environment and Accommodation Precinct)
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence David
Feeney signed the $4b contract on June 8 in
Plenary Living (LEAP 2) Pty Ltd will deliver
the self-contained apartments to 14 bases from
Townsville in north Queensland to Rockingham in
Senator Feeney said environmental sustainability
and maintaining local heritage would be incorpo-
rated into design features of the new housing.
"This new housing will provide hundreds of
Australian service men and women with a place to
call home," he said.
The accommodation will be delivered under a
public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement.
Plenary Living will be responsible for the
finance, design, construction, operation and main-
tenance of the accommodation services at the 14
bases for the 33-year contract term.
Construction cost is about $1b, with ongoing
provision for services for the next 30 years costing
The project is the third of its kind delivered
under a PPP arrangement, following delivery of
Phase 1, which provided 1300 units at RAAF Base
Amberley, Enoggera Barracks and Holsworthy
for living in
Diggers have a
say at forum
By LCpl Mark Doran
MORE than 115 guests attend-
ed the CA's second Wounded,
Injured and Ill Diggers Forum at
the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra on
Wounded, injured and ill sol-
diers and their families were invit-
ed by CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie
as well as service providers and
The forum is a development
opportunity to ensure the Army lis-
tens and learns from soldiers and
Feedback generated aims to
enhance Army's comprehensive
and integrated approach to the
management of wounded, injured
and ill people and their families.
Some of the issues addressed
during the event included medical
treatment in theatre and at home,
communication, rehabilitation and
access to support services.
The CA opened the forum and
said it didn't matter how a soldier
suffered a wound or injury because
the trauma and issues facing their
families were the same.
"Last year we received some
blunt feedback from our people
and the senior leadership now has
first-hand knowledge of a lot of the
issues," Lt-Gen Gillespie said.
"We have had a year for devel-
opment and can see there is start-
ing to be a belief that when we say
we care about soldiers, we really
do want to rehabilitate them and
keep them in uniform.
"If we can't do that, then we
want to transition them with digni-
ty and aspirations for a future that
is much brighter than they might
have had with old Army policies."
The Minister for Veterans'
Affairs and Defence Science and
Personnel, Warren Snowdon, said
both portfolios had responsibilities
to wounded, injured and ill sol-
"This provides me with a
unique opportunity to work with
you while you are in the service
and also work with you if you
transition out of the service," Mr
"What we need to do is accept
our responsibility to you, as any-
one in uniform has a unique place
in our society and when you put on
that uniform you accept the respon-
sibility no other person accepts in
Sig Gary Wilson, 2 Cdo Regt,
was seriously wounded and spent
two months in a coma as a result
of the June 2010 Black Hawk crash
in Afghanistan, in which three
Australian commandos and an
American soldier were killed.
After discharging from hospi-
tal last November, Sig Wilson has
been undergoing intensive reha-
He said the forum helped ena-
ble soldiers and their families to
discuss how Army could improve
the way it looked after people in
"Ultimately, I would like
to be able to get back to medical
class one and stay in my line of
work with 2 Cdo Regt, but at the
moment, that is a long time away,"
Sig Wilson said.
"I will leave if I become no
longer useful to the Army, but I
feel I still have a lot to offer."
Sig Wilson's wife, Renee, said
families would benefit from having
a single point of contact to improve
communication between external
organisations and the Army.
"2 Cdo Regt's frontline man-
agement model for families and
wounded, injured or ill diggers is
incredible as they provide personal
assistance with a one-person con-
tact," Mrs Wilson said.
"It provided a great source of
contact for me and even to this day,
if I have a problem with an external
organisation, my first call is to the
unit as they deal with the issue and
I don't have the stress I would have
if that wasn't there."
Defence said many changes had
been made to improve the care and
support provided to members since
the 2010 Wounded, Injured and Ill
Director of Army Health Col
Len Brennan said the Army had
been working to increase support
provided to members and their
"Since last year's forum, Army
has strategically placed full-time
Army casualty administration sup-
port officers (ACASO) and part-
time regional casualty adminis-
tration support officers (RCASO)
around the country to coordinate
Other new support medi-
ums include the Wounded Digger
Website, Simpson Packs, and
increased use of the welfare-board
"Feedback from the 2011
Wounded, Injured and Ill Diggers
Forum enables Army to improve
current processes and support. The
forum enables us to listen and learn
from our members and their fami-
lies," Col Brennan said.
More units: Plenary Group director Ray
Wilson addresses the audience at the signing
of Project Single LEAP Phase 2 in Melbourne.
Photo by LS Paul McCallum
Food for thought: From left, Col Andrew Gallaway, Soldier Career Management Agency, Capt
Matthew Middleton, 2CER, and CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie at the Chief of Army Wounded, ll and
Injured Digger Forum. Inset, Minister Warren Snowdon addresses the forum.Photos by LCpl Mark Doran
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