RAAF's one-stop shop opens at Amberley

GREAT HONOUR: Air Vice Marshal Margaret Staib AM, CSC (RETD) in the new logistics complex at RAAF Base Amberley, which was named after her.
GREAT HONOUR: Air Vice Marshal Margaret Staib AM, CSC (RETD) in the new logistics complex at RAAF Base Amberley, which was named after her. Rob Williams

GOING into the new joint logistics facility at RAAF Base Amberley is a bit like walking into a Bunnings store, but the size of one building alone puts any DIY superstore to shame.

The south-east Queensland Joint Logistics Unit is part of a $752 million national program to help make the Australian Defence Force more efficient.

The program took five sites spread across south-east Queensland and NSW and turned them into one 22 hectare site at RAAF Base Amberley.

The imposing facility was built in 21 months and completed in January, and 99% of the 1620 people who worked on the project were locals.

The JLU at Amberley is responsible for the provision of logistical products and services to the navy, army and air force in south-east Queensland.

The seven buildings in the complex house more than 6.5 million stock items ranging from nuts and bolts to complex aircraft components. It has everything from clothing, tarps and tents, jerry cans, explosives, generators to outboards motors, buckets and even china tea cups, soup bowls, wine goblets, dessert plates and cutlery.

There are also 22 workshop maintenance bays and 350 vehicles in a loan pool.

The facility was officially opened by retired Air Vice Marshal Margaret Staib in recognition of her significant achievements in the field of inventory management and as Commander Joint Logistics.

Air Vice Marshal Staib was also honoured to have the Joint Logistics Complex named after her.

"It reflects a lot of hard work and dedication but also a huge team effort so to be named on the building is very special I'd have to say," Air Vice Marshal Staib said.

"This is phenomenal. For south-east Queensland, the unit was in five different locations and that made it very inefficient and the facilities were World War II - uneven floors, all those issues that made it hard to be very productive.

"So it was about investing in wonderful facilities like this so we could be far more efficient and effective in supporting our ADF customers.

"It allows the integrated teams to work better and it allows us to use modern business practices and technology and the result will be much more effective, productive and efficient support to operations."

Building statistics include:

  • 7.5km of trenches for underground services.
  • 4km of stormwater drains.
  • 21,400 cubic metres of concrete.
  • 46,500sq m of metal roofing and cladding.
  • 1460 tonnes of structural steel.
  • 2250 tonnes - or 90% - of waste material recycled.

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