Australian Department of Defence – Kokoda Barracks



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Canungra, Qld



The Department of Defence Kokoda Barracks is an Australian Army base located in the Canungra Military Area near Witheren, Queensland. The works consisted of two packages – the design and construct road project, including upgrading the main access to the Barracks, and the construct only of a high security building and car park.

Due to operational changes at the site, the Department of Defence had been using temporary and unsafe access to the Barracks. The client wanted to address this access issue and improve the safety at Barracks. The Department of Defence therefore needed a reliable contractor, with a good understanding of Defence requirements, to partner with them to deliver the solution.

What we delivered

Acting as the Principal Contractor, Bellwether managed the design and construction of this project, which included significant roadworks to improve the access to the Barracks and the construction of an interface rich, high security, on site operational facility. On top of Defence requirements, the Bellwether team successfully navigated operating in a highly environmentally sensitive area, with the site being adjacent to a waterway and within a high fauna and flora habitat area.

Bellwether also successfully managed the communication and engagement of a large number of diverse stakeholders, including the various parties associated with the Defence Barracks as well as local government and the general road-using public.

“Bellwether is considered by our project stakeholders to be one of the best Design and Construct contractors to be involved in the Defence works estate program. The Bellwether team took a complex scope of works, with varied and changing inputs,

Key outcomes

The Bellwether team’s proactive approach to communication and engagement ensured the project ran smoothly and all stakeholders, including the Department of Defence, were informed and consulted at every stage of the project. This approach ensured the best outcomes for the project and the client. Bellwether’s thorough understanding of the client’s specific needs also meant the team could deliver a quality design and construction product within the particular constraints and parameters while also ensuring minimal delays or disruptions to the Department of Defence’s day-to-day operations along the way.

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