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Army June 7, 2012
Engineer school to move
Construction to accommodate SME's move to Holsworthy Barracks, as well as other new area facilities
A base entry precinct to improve secu-
rity and ease traffic congestion on
New live-in accommodation and local
training areas for SME.
A new 5 Bde multi-user depot.
A new Holsworthy area mess.
A new Holsworthy physical fitness
A new area chapel.
Working accommodation for ADF cadets.
Images are artists' impressions SME training facilities.
Explosives detection dog kennels.
New SME headquarters building.
Holsworthy area chapel.
A MAJOR construction project proposes
to relocate 13 Defence units and four other
facilities from Steele Barracks in Moorebank
to nearby Holsworthy Barracks over the next
The School of Military Engineering (SME)
is the major unit to make the move, with the
project to include construction of several new
The proposed new facilities will include a
Holsworthy area mess, a physical fitness com-
plex, an area chapel, a 5 Bde multi-user depot,
and accommodation and training facilities for
Subject to Parliamentary approval, construc-
tion is due to start late this year and last until
late 2015, but unit relocations from Moorebank
must be complete by the end of 2014 to allow
development to start in 2015 of the Moorebank
intermodal container freight terminal.
The terminal, to be built on the Steele
Barracks site, aims to reduce road freight traf-
fic in Sydney and the first stage is planned to be
operational by mid 2017.
The first completed facilities at Holsworthy
will be occupied from 2014, while the 5 Bde
buildings and the new physical fitness complex
will be completed in mid-to-late 2015.
As part of the staged construction, some of
the units involved will occupy temporary facili-
ties before moving into their new buildings.
The amalgamation of construction engineers
under 6ESR means 17 Const Sqn, currently
located at Holsworthy Barracks is expected to
move to RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland
as part of another construction project awaiting
SME has been based at Steele Barracks
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