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Friday, 12 June 1970


Mr Kennedy asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice:

What administrative, technical and logistic economies does he expect to result from relocating at Bonegilla the AHQ Survey Regiment which is now situated at Fortuna, Bendigo.


Mr Peacock - The answer to he honourable member's question is as follows:

It is necessary to say, as background that the Army Headquarters Survey Regiment al present occupies an old mansion in Bendigo, built some 100 years ago. It is forced to use converted stables, an ore-crushing battery, attics and galvanised iron huts, supplemented by some modern buildings to meet essential accommodation and working needs. It has been the intention for several years to move the unit and since 1961 expenditure for the area has been confirmed to essential new buildings which could be amortised over the expected period of occupation.

The re-location of this Regiment at Bonegilla would allow common facilities to be shared wilh the School of Survey and the Army Headquarters Survey Depot. Economics which would follow are:

Administrative

The pay. personnel records, claims, rations, transport, quartermaster services, technical and accommodation stores, messes, canteens and recreational areas for these units would be combined, with consequent savings in the number of staff required to carry out these functions. The colocation of the units would bring some 60% of the total Corps strength together with a consequent reduction in postings and movement, an important consideration of family welfare.

Technical lite appropriate place for lithographic training is the School of Survey. At present the high cost of lithographic equipment forces the Corps to train personnel at the Regiment. To set up a small yet satisfactory lithographic training wing at the School of Military Survey, when divorced from the AHQ Survey Regiment, would cost in the vicinity of $350,000. This expenditure is unnecessary when the units are in the same location. Additionally co-location will permit the School to undertake full-time theoretical courses and use the Regiment's equipment for practical training.

The School is also responsible for Corps research and development but the expensive equipment needed for this purpose is used on production at the Regiment. This equipment would become available to the School on co-location. The responsibility of research and development covers the whole field of mapping from survey to lithography.

The cost of duplication of the first order photogrammetric equipment, would be approximately $500,000. This expenditure cannot be justified on equipment to be used on research and development, yet without access to this equipment through co-location research and development will be seriously retarded.

Over the past 5 years, and in conjunction with Commonwealth and State Authorities a photogrammetric test range has been established at Bonegilla for testing and calibrating survey equipment. Additionally a complex of accurate surveys has been established to test students' results. These facilities would - be available to the Regiment al Bonegilla but could not be duplicated at Bendigo even if suitable terrain existed without duplication of the 5 year joint effort that has gone into the establishment of the present range.

Airborne measuring equipment, technical records and reproduction material would be centrally stored.

Logistic

There is sufficient Army-owned land at Bonegilla to accommodate the Survey Regiment, the School of Survey and the AHQ Survey Depot.

Bandiana nearby, has a major army complex with facilities, particularly workshops and a supply depot, which would be used by Bonegilla units.

The movement of bulk printing paper to the Regiment on the one hand and printed maps to the Survey Depot on the other would be eliminated.

Bonegilla has direct rail, road and air communication with capital cities leading to savings in time in the movement of personnel and stores.







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