Australia — Opening of $620 million Horseshoe Barracks at RAAF Base Edinburgh

The Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Defence, Sen­a­tor David Feeney, today offi­cial­ly opened Horse­shoe Bar­racks and com­mon user facil­i­ties with the Chief of Army, Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al David Mor­ri­son, at Head­quar­ters 1st Brigade, RAAF Base Edin­burgh, South Aus­tralia.

The facil­i­ties, cost­ing some $620 mil­lion, include work­ing Aus­tralian Defence Force accom­mo­da­tion, train­ing facil­i­ties, a com­bined mess, fit­ness, health and com­mu­ni­ty facil­i­ties.

Sen­a­tor Feeney said that the project, deliv­ered by the Defence Infra­struc­ture Divi­sion, was com­plet­ed on time and with­in bud­get.

7RAR com­menced the move from Dar­win to Ade­laide in Jan­u­ary 2011,” Sen­a­tor Feeney said.

“The facil­i­ties are among the best in Aus­tralia. They pro­vide Army with state-of-the-art work­ing accom­mo­da­tion, train­ing facil­i­ties and a dri­ver train­ing area.”

Local Mem­ber for Wake­field, Nick Cham­pi­on said: “The expan­sion of RAAF Base Edin­burgh has pro­vid­ed more than $620 mil­lion in con­struc­tion con­tracts.

“This has pro­vid­ed an annu­al boost of more than $75 mil­lion to the South Aus­tralian com­mu­ni­ty,” Mr Cham­pi­on said.

The project has improved base engi­neer­ing ser­vices at Edin­burgh. This includ­ed sub­stan­tial upgrades to elec­tri­cal, water, sewage, storm water, gas, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, secu­ri­ty and trans­port infra­struc­ture.

Chief of Army, Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al David Mor­ri­son wel­comed 7RAR’s relo­ca­tion to South Aus­tralia, say­ing the move great­ly enhanced Army’s train­ing abil­i­ty.

“The rais­ing of 7RAR and its relo­ca­tion to Ade­laide improves Australia’s secu­ri­ty through the devel­op­ment of a stronger, more ver­sa­tile Army,” Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Mor­ri­son said.

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Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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