Improved Training Facilities for South Australian Defence

Sen­a­tor David Feeney, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Defence, today toured Cul­tana Train­ing Area in South Aus­tralia.
The expan­sion of the Cul­tana Train­ing Area is crit­i­cal for Joint and Com­bined Arms train­ing for Defence and for Army’s 1st Brigade. An expand­ed Cul­tana Train­ing Area also enables future air to ground, ground to air and ship to shore train­ing activ­i­ties.

A total com­mit­ment of $59.5 mil­lion in upgrade works will be par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant to the 7th Bat­tal­ion, Roy­al Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment (7RAR), which was estab­lished at Edin­burgh ear­li­er this year.

Among Defence’s suite of train­ing areas, the ter­rain at Cul­tana most close­ly resem­bles that of Afghanistan. The Train­ing Area con­sists of small arms ranges, a demo­li­tion range, field and dri­ver train­ing areas and a mock Afghan vil­lage.

Sen­a­tor David Feeney said: “The expan­sion at Cul­tana will bring addi­tion­al defence jobs to South Aus­tralia and make sure we have the best train­ing facil­i­ties avail­able for the Aus­tralian Defence Force.”

“Cul­tana is a great exam­ple of tri-ser­vice train­ing facil­i­ties. It’s loca­tion close to the coast­line and ter­rain which resem­bles Afghanistan makes it an impor­tant site for major joint mil­i­tary exer­cis­es,” Sen­a­tor Feeney said.

Sen­a­tor Feeney also met with a num­ber of pas­toral­ists about the expan­sion.

He said: “I acknowl­edge that there has been a long process for a range of affect­ed groups. I’ll be hon­est, I can’t promise that all the issues will be resolved tomor­row. There are com­plex legal issues to be worked through.”

“But it is real­ly impor­tant that we reach agree­ments with the pas­toral lease­hold­ers and finalise the train­ing area expan­sion as soon as pos­si­ble. I want to make sure that the ADF have the best train­ing facil­i­ties avail­able and more local defence jobs come to South Aus­tralia,” Sen­a­tor Feeney said.

Media Con­tact: Lor­na Clarke – 0408 345 730

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

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