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Maritime Logistics Community News : April 2014
25 MARITIME LOGISTICS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER 2014 airworthy historic aircraft and also has an impressive museum of non-flying aircraft. Navy intends to enter into an agreement with HARS to maintain the aircraft of the RAN Historic Flight, currently occupying D and E hangars at HMAS Albatross. The flight includes Iroquois and Westland Wasp helicopters, a Grumman Tracker, Fairy Firefly and a Hawker Sea Fury. While only the Iroquois is presently airworthy, the intention is to return as many aircraft as possible to flying condition. The hangars in which these reside are due to be demolished as part of the Albatross redevelopment. HARS proposes to build hangars and a taxiway on Commonwealth land, adjacent to the Fleet Air Arm Museum (well worth a visit if you happen to pass through Albatross). While the Commonwealth is not paying for the construction, it needs to ensure that the facilities are fit for purpose. To ensure that the standards the facilities have to meet are well understood, Defence has engaged a contractor to raise a Functional Design Brief for HARS, capturing the building functions and relevant standards in one document. The airfield related standards for the taxiway and apron are managed separately, with guidance on these being raised internally by Environment and Engineering Branch in Infrastructure Division. Defence will also engage a building certifier to ensure that the designs and eventual construction are acceptable. My role as Infrastructure Division Project Officer includes: a. liaison with stakeholders including Navy's Project Officer IN Fleet Command, base staff, HARS personnel, the OIC of the RAN Historic Flight and internal Infrastructure Division engineering and environmental specialists; b. maintaining the project risk and issues registers; c. progressing the Memorandum of Agreement between Defence and HARS (governing the construction of the facility) and the draft lease; d. liaison with our legal advisors about changes to these document; and. e. procurement activities to engage design support and certification specialists. HARS relies heavily on donations for industry and other benefactors to maintain its operations. Once the standards and approximate cost are agreed, the main challenge will be for HARS to raise the funds required to build the facility, in a commercial environment in which companies and other potential benefactors are reluctant to make grants. The End of the Property Lifecycle Psstt! want a cheap property that's fallen off the back of a truck? The disposal of all Defence real property also falls under the jurisdiction of Assistant Secretary Property Management. As Single LEAP Phase 2 winds down as more living in units are delivered, part of my working week is now allocated to supporting Director Property Disposals. Disposal activities can vary from disposal of quite substantial areas of land (such as ex-HMAS Nirimba), to the disposal of small sections of land to enable the local government to widen a road. One instance even concerned transferring a small section of sea bed to a State agency. Property disposals may occur on the open market, or by 'Priority' or 'Concessional' sales. These are used to further other Commonwealth or co- operative policy initiatives or to further housing or community outcomes by direct sale to State or local government. Disposal preparation may include site surveys to determine the extent to which the land has been affected by contamination or UXO. Depending on what is found, the Commonwealth may engage contractors to clean up the site prior to its sale or transfer. Other factors include heritage considerations or native title claims. Defence has property scattered Australia wide. If you're lucky, the property you may have been allocated to manage may be an old rifle range at Hervey Bay! What's Next I am only halfway through my three year stint and the job continues to evolve. There is a difference between overall approved number of living-n accommodation units and what has been built to date, so early preparations for the next stage of LIA may commence before I leave. About the Author LCDR Rory McCartney joined the RAN in 1977 and has served in HMA Ships, Duchess, Melbourne (II), Supply, Torrens and Swan. Apart for a long period as Navy's Integrated Logistic Support policy guru, he has specialized in arcane non-Navy postings including with the Surgeon General, Joint Logistics (doctrine), Joint Capability Coordination and now Infrastructure Division. Out of hours, he enjoys watching live alternative music and writes for Canberra's Bands Music Action magazine. Concept Drawing For the HARS Facility.