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June 23, 2011
MORE than 3000 new permanent
living-in accommodation units for
single ADF personnel are to be
built around Australia under Phase
2 of the Single LEAP (Living En-
vironment and Accommodation
Parliamentary Secretary for
Defence Senator David Feeney
signed the $4 billion contract in
Melbourne on June 8.
Plenary Living (LEAP 2)
Pty Ltd will deliver the self-
contained apartments to 14
bases from Townsville in north
Queensland to Rockingham in
Senator Feeney said environ-
mental sustainability and main-
taining local heritage would be
incorporated into design features
of the new housing.
"This new housing will provide
hundreds of Australian service
men and women with a place to
call home," he said.
The accommodation will be
delivered under a public-private
partnership (PPP) arrangement.
Plenary Living will be
responsible for the finance,
design, construction, operation
and maintenance of the accom-
modation services at the 14 bases
for the 33-year contract term.
Construction cost is about $1
billion, with ongoing provision
for services for the following 30
years costing about $3 billion.
HEADQUARTERS Joint Operations
Command (HQJOC) has issued a
strong warning to ADF personnel that
they are not permitted to take rec-
reational leave in 'warlike' areas of
Also, it said that they must check
with their chain of command before
they commit to any bookings to travel
to these areas.
Director General Support at
HQJOC BRIG Dianne Gallasch
said that the warning follows an
increase in the number of ADF Travel
Restriction Waiver applications
received by HQJOC that do not meet
the policy requirement that travel to
warlike areas of operations can be
only undertaken for compassionate or
She said waivers would only be
granted for compelling reasons such
as the death or serious illness of a
close relative, or in compelling cir-
"These restrictions apply to all
members of the permanent ADF, as
well as to members of the reserves on
continuous full-time service," BRIG
"If you are planning to travel
overseas during your next recrea-
tional leave period, check with your
chain of command to ensure that
you are not potentially travelling to
a country where waiver approval is
Information regarding the Leave
Travel Restriction Waiver policy is at
DEFGRAM 312/2011 dated May 17,
Chief of the Defence Force Leave Travel
Restriction Waiver Policy -- Guide for
Applicants and Approving Authorities.
Warlike destinations a no-go
A PAKISTANI fishing dhow that had
been adrift for 10 days without a mo-
tor and radio was rescued after it was
spotted by a RAAF surveillance flight.
The rescue started unfolding
on May 17 when the AP-3C Crew
Green, from 11SQN, was conducting
a routine anti-piracy patrol over the
Arabian Sea and spotted the dhow,
which appeared to be in distress.
The dhow was hundreds of miles
from shore, outside normal shipping
lanes and not moving, and the Orion
crew determined it to be worth a clos-
As the crew closed for a photo-
graphic run, many of the people on
board waved frantically at the aircraft.
On closer examination of the pho-
tography, it was clear the vessel was
drifting and there was a makeshift sail
rigged on the forward deck.
Communications were attempted
with the vessel to confirm the situa-
tion but no response was received.
The crew on the Orion decided
to drop water supplies using helibox
The rest of the tasked mission was
suspended and the aircraft remained
in the vicinity of the vessel until mini-
mum fuel was reached.
The Orion reported the vessel back
to Combined Maritime Forces which
then tasked the USS Hopper to make
contact with the vessel.
It was subsequently found that the
dhow had lost its motor and radio, and
had been adrift for 10 days.
The Pakistan Navy frigate PNS
Tariq was dispatched to tow the vessel
back to Pakistan.
The dhow's 12 crew members
were reported to be safe and well.
TELLING PHOTO: With a makeshift sail, crew on the stricken dhow can
be seen frantically waving for help; right, an Orion parked at the airbase
in the United Arab Emirates. Photos: FLGOFF Alastair Gray and CPL Aaron Curran
to be built
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