Australian Department of Defence – Enoggera Barracks


Australian Department of Defence

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Enoggera, QLD



The Department of Defence Enoggera Close Training Area (ECTA) is located within the Gallipoli Barracks, approximately six kilometres northwest of the Brisbane CBD. The ECTA is primarily used for various training simulations. Many of the roads within the ECTA were in poor condition due to the increased rate of use and limited maintenance. The Department of Defence required an upgrade of the roads surrounding the military facility to accommodate a
fleet of heavy vehicles. The upgrade included a 100m range access road upgrade, tower access road upgrade, a new fire track gate to London Street and linking fire access track.

The Department of Defence also needed to address a number of key challenges, including construction of the works in an interface rich, high security, operational facility, construction methodology that provided the least disturbance to Defence personnel, testing and disposal of PFOS contaminated material and supervision of earthworks. The Department of Defence needed a contractor, in particular, that was trained to handle the identification,
testing and disposal of PFOS contaminated material. They wanted a contractor that would manage the whole process and also manage the risk associated with the high-risk activity to ensure ongoing operations of the Defence facility and minimal disruption to staff and surrounding stakeholders.

What we delivered

Acting as the Principal Contractor for this project, the Bellwether team managed the complete package of works for this project from program through to construction. Bellwether delivered a detailed construction program and resourcing plan that focused on minimal disruption or delay to the Department of Defence’s operations and personnel.

The Bellwether team also successfully managed the communication and engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure all affected parties were informed at every stage of the project. This resulted in a smooth-running and successful construction program. Bellwether also
helped the Department of Defence understand the extent of the risk associated with the removal of PFOS from the military base site and managed the execution of the removal of the substance. This was extremely valuable to the client and ensured minimal disruption or delay to their operations.

Key outcomes

The Bellwether team’s approach to problem solving and client service ensured a complex issue for the project and the client was managed smoothly and effectively. Bellwether’s understanding of the client’s unique and specific needs also meant the team could deliver a quality construction product within the various constraints of a Defence project and ensure minimal disruption to the Department of Defence’s operations and personnel.
Bellwether’s proactive approach to communication and engagement also ensured the project ran smoothly and all stakeholders, including the Department of Defence, were informed and consulted at every stage. This approach ensured the best outcomes for the project and the client.

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