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IT'S not long now until the purveyors
of pomp and ceremony at RAAF Base
Wagga can get off the golf course and
on to a purpose-built parade ground
Work on the new parade ground
began on May 9 and is scheduled to be
completed by the end of June.
In the meantime, ceremony is being
taken care of -- at the 9th hole of the old
"We've put a temporary parade
ground there," CO 31SQN WGCDR Jo
The work includes removing the
existing surface, laser-levelling it, and
then resealing it with hot mix seal.
WGCDR Elkington said work
became necessary because the parade
ground was suffering general wear and
"During its 60 years, the surface
has changed from dirt to crushed gran-
ite to bitumen," she said.
WGCDR Elkington said each week
for those 60 years more than
600 pairs of boots from ever
area of the base had marche
across the base parade groun
There used to be trees
around the parade ground but these
had caused cracking of the surface.
They have since been removed
because they contracted a disease
that made them unsafe.
WGCDR Elkington said that the
base's parade ground had signifi-
cant history and heritage.
"Over the years, various aircraft
have been placed on the parade
ground as guardians," she said.
As well as the parade ground
work, the visitors' car park at the
entrance to the base is also being
resurfaced and extended, and other
works are also under way or planned.
Roads in front of the Headquarters
Ground Training Wing, the library and
Defence Support building have been
resurfaced, and the RAAF School of
Administration and Logistics Training
to a place of
and the School of Postgraduate Studies
have been recarpeted.
Preparatory work is also being
done for a marching path, which
means that recruits will not have to
march on the base roads.
That means a safer envi-
ronment for them and the staff,"
WGCDR Elkington said.
The hangar is a key part of the
RAAF School of Technical Training.
To keep its training program on
track, the school's Macchis were
moved into the 31SQN mechanics
hangar, while the vehicles normally
kept there have been moved to the
compound until the works on Hangar
84 are completed.
"It looks funny having aircraft in
the mechanics hangar instead of the
vehicles," WGCDR Elkington said.
COVERING GROUND: Over the past 60 years, more than 600
pairs of boots have marched across the parade ground each
week; top left, now the parade ground is getting a facelift. Left,
a RAAFSTT Macchi parked in the 31SQN mechanics hangar,
normally reserved for motor vehicles.
Photos: LACW Sandra Midson (main) and WGCDR Jo Elkington
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