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April 11, 2013
Air Force Improvement
OPERATING hours at the majority of Defence bars
and clubs will be reduced from April 29.
The change, which better aligns bar hours with
peak usage and reduces opening hours of Air Force
bars by about 50 per cent, was agreed to by CAF
AIRMSHL Geoff Brown late last year.
Director General Air Force Improvement
AIRCDRE Adam Brown said Air Force recognised
the important role played by bars and clubs as on-base
recreation facilities for living-in and transient service
"We also value the place of bars and clubs in Mess
life," he said. "However, there is considerable ineffi-
ciency and waste which we can no longer afford. This
change alone enables Defence to redirect around $1
million in savings each year into essential estate main-
tenance and garrison support."
In planning for this change, Air Force conducted
trials at RAAF Base Williams, Laverton, and RAAF
Base Amberley last year to better understand the needs
of Mess members and service personnel who use on-
Messes and Clubs were also consulted, with each
bar's new operating hours being set based on advice
from the base about how best to match the varying
demand for service at that location with the available
AIRCDRE Brown said the trials were the first step
in implementing a new bar operating model across
"Additional reforms will be implemented from July
to further reduce the cost of our bars to Defence," he
"These will consider stock ownership, pricing of
alcoholic drinks, and distribution of profit.
"We will continue to monitor demand to ensure our
bar hours are used to best effect."
This change is being applied in a similar way
across Defence and is consistent with the findings and
recommendations of the 2011 Hamilton review into the
use of alcohol in the ADF.
Bars to operate better
STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Air Force bars and clubs play an important role as recreational facilities for on-base, transient and
visiting personnel, however inefficiencies and waste has led to the need to reduce operating hours to better align with peak usage.
Pictured is FLTLT Dominic Pace relaxing after work with a game of pool at the RAAF Base Richmond Officers Mess, and inset, bar
hours in future will be aligned with peak demand.
Main photo: LACW Casey Gaul
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