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OVERSEEING a host of major construc-
tion projects at Lavarack Barracks and
helping to improve armoury security has
earned WO2 Peter Henrichs a nomination
in the inaugural Defence Excellence in
WO2 Henrichs, of 31 Security
Section, is the manager for intelligence
operations for Army security in the north
Queensland region. He is responsible
for protective security and security
intelligence functions from Mackay to
Thursday Island and west to Mt Isa.
A finalist in the outstanding perfor-
mance by a security specialist category,
WO2 Henrichs' role includes the security
of Army units both in barracks and on
exercises, including movement security
of weapons, ammunition and sensitive
WO2 Henrichs said his nomination for
the award reflected on the efforts of all
Army and Defence security professionals
and recognised all who had done the job
on a day-to-day basis.
"My unit also played a large role in
the redevelopment of Lavarack Barracks
by ensuring all the new facilities were
constructed to the correct standards,"
WO2 Henrichs said.
"In the future there should be no
issues with accreditation for Defence IT
systems or with the physical security of
personnel or equipment."
The construction of a new armoury
at Lavarack Barracks also provided
opportunities to engage with the Defence
Security Authority, Army Security
Authority and local infrastructure in
Townsville to establish new security tests
WO2 Henrichs said the measures
meant the older armouries at Lavarack
Barracks, which were not built to current
standards, could be upgraded rather than
having to be demolished and rebuilt.
"As a result of this there has been a
policy change which means any armour-
ies built to the incorrect standard are
now able to be retro fitted with the new
"Units in Townsville with [previously]
substandard armouries can now com-
ply with the security directives without
requiring yearly waivers."
need secure support
Team effort: The staff of 31 Security Section at Lavarack Barracks in 2010.
From left, WO2 Peter Henrichs, Cpl Ben Holland, Cpl Kenny Graver, Cpl Tiki
Miller and Capt Alana Burkitt.
Cpl Melanie Schinkel
CHANGES are unfolding to
increase the protection of Defence
personnel and establishments in
the event of a threatening security
incident such as a terrorist attack.
Personnel may notice an increase
in deterrent infrastructure and
Australian Federal Police (AFP) pres-
ence on their bases and establish-
ments as a result of initiatives being
implemented by the Base Security
Improvement Program (BSIP).
Coordinating the program's
schedule and reporting on its pro-
gress is Matthew Couch from the
BSIP management office in Canberra.
Mr Couch said the program was
established in 2010 after a security
review made 33 recommendations to
enhance the protection of Defence
personnel and workplaces in August
"The AFP and a number of intel-
ligence agencies foiled a terrorist plot
targeted at Holsworthy Barracks in
2009. This led to a review of secu-
rity across the Defence estate with
the intention of improving protection
for personnel serving on bases," Mr
"The threat is real and the best
security enhancement is for all base
personnel to be alert and proactive.
"Under an intelligence-led and
risk-based approach, the BSIP con-
tinues to deliver security measures
aimed at mitigating identified risks.
"By tailoring improvements to the
profile of each base, identified risks
will be reduced and the safety of per-
sonnel against terrorist-based attacks
will be increased.
"The program is largely delivered
with the remainder of deliverables on
schedule and on budget. Base per-
sonnel will note over the coming 12
months the introduction of search as
a condition of base entry, and infra-
structure changes to enhance access
A component of the BSIP is the
Enhanced Self-Defence Capability
(ESDC), which builds upon strength-
ened self-defence legislation pro-
viding a more robust framework by
which base personnel can defend
themselves and others in the event of
a serious incident.
The ESDC capability focuses on
protecting Defence people through a
deter, protect and respond model.
ESDC project team leader Lt-Col
Wayne Higgins said the capability
included an armed AFP presence on
some bases to provide surveillance
and an immediate response. On
bases at most risk of an attack, ADF
Wardens with access to weapons will
also be present.
"If the need arises, uniformed
ADF personnel who will be trained
and authorised, will draw weapons,
ammunition and other equipment and
take up positions to protect approach-
es to designated safe zones where the
base population will take cover dur-
ing an incident," Lt-Col Higgins said.
He said onsite AFP would be
the first to respond to an incident by
cordoning and containing the threat
and, if it was within their capability,
resolving the situation.
"The AFP will do what they can
but the state or territory police may
come onto the base to resolve the
situation as they have jurisdiction."
Security program and self-defence
capability developments will contin-
ue as systems are brought online and
supporting infrastructure works are
For more information on security initiatives
being implemented on specific bases or
establishments, contact the relevant site
liaison officer or search for the BSIP website
on the DRN.
Improvement program counters potential threats
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