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Maritime Logistics Community News : April 2014
24 MARITIME LOGISTICS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER 2014 Staff Officer Contract Management Have you ever heard of soffits or laybacks? What is a gabion wall or a skillion roof? No, I didn't have a clue either until I joined Infrastructure Division. Infrastructure Division The Division looks after the roughly 400 owned properties and 350 leased properties which comprise the Defence Estate. Infrastructure Division also looks after environmental and heritage management. While there are a fair few light blue and green members of the Division, Navy only has two billets: mine and a LEUT in Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch. Like a lot of Defence, it is an agency affected by organisational churn. The area I posted into (Major Infrastructure Partnerships) no longer exists and I now reside in Property Management Branch as its only uniformed member (of any Service). Assistant Secretary Property Management is responsible for leases, disposals, acquisitions, native title and mining issues, and Project Single LEAP Phase 2. Project Single LEAP Phase 2 I joined Infrastructure Division as Staff Officer Contract Management for the Project Manager/Contract Administrator (PM/CA) for the Single Living Environment and Accommodation Precinct (Single LEAP) Project. Phase 2 of this project is building 3,015 rooms for single, living-in Service personnel at 14 bases all over Australia. This 'Level 5' accommodation includes individual, self contained, furnished rooms with: a. Ensuite, b. personal balcony, c. kitchenette, and d. internet, phone and TV/entertainment connections. Other Ranks Unit -- Larrakeyah Barracks Junior Officer/Senior NCO Accommodation This Accommodation will be operated by Plenary Living (LEAP2) Pty Ltd under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for a 30 year period, before the buildings revert to Defence ownership. While Plenary, as the Strategic Partner, manages the various builders, Defence employs a PM/ CA to manage the delivery of the project and the contractual relationship between Defence and Plenary Living. While the PM/CA contract management has been relatively straightforward, other duties have blossomed for my position. We all know the importance of Work Health and Safety. However, the application of that legislation to building construction, especially under a PPP arrangement, has been a steep learning curve. The Commonwealth's role and responsibilities turned out to be much greater than originally anticipated. I have found myself getting legal advice, liaising with Defence WHS Branch and attending Comcare run sessions to get a better grasp of Defence's role. This consumed a lot of 2012, including writing the project's WHS Plan. The task is ongoing, including reporting notifiable incidents to Comcare and ensuring that the project complies with new WHS codes as they come into force, such as those for building demolition and lead risk work. Old Warbirds Never Die Everybody needs a side project and mine is unusual. The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS), based at Albion Park, maintains and operates LCDR RORY MCCARTNEY, RAN Internal view of unit appointment. External view of dwellings and ground improvements. Continued next page ...