p> Darwin locals may notice some unusual traffic on Saturday as the first of 57 houses to be removed from Larrakeyah Barracks makes its way off the base.
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
September 24 2010
Darwin locals may notice some unusual traffic on Saturday as the first of 57 houses to be removed from Larrakeyah Barracks makes its way off the base.
The Defence Housing Authority (DHA) and Halikos Constructions have identified a plan for removing and potentially re-using some of the houses at Larrakeyah Barracks in Darwin.
The team at Halikos Constructions plan to use a specialist trailer fitted with a ground-breaking lifting mechanism to remove the houses.
The mechanism enables the trailer’s platform to be raised to clear low-level obstacles. The house trailer will be able to travel through the Barracks exit with the wheels partly on the footpath, while the lift mechanism raises the house above the Gate House.
The operation will only affect the Gate House exit lane and will not impede the Base activities. The move will be significantly faster than on previous occasions. One house will be removed on Saturday 25 September and two houses will be removed on Sunday 26 September.
Many years ago DHA removed a house from Larrakeyah, and it took an entire week. Using this new method the process of raising and lowering the platform will take approximately 60 seconds, and it can be done while the trailer is moving. Effectively, all 57 houses will be removed from the Base in a matter of weeks not months.
For the proposed removal process to be effective, some temporary modifications will need to be made to the area in the immediate vicinity of the gate.
It will be necessary for the gates, fences and landscaping in the vicinity of the exit gate to be removed. Temporary fences will be installed to maintain security of the Base, and once the transit operation is complete the gate and surrounding area will then be returned to its original state.
Once removed, the houses will be on-sold by the contractor for re-use in the local community, while the remaining four homes will be demolished in line with Defence Green Policy.
There will be a vision and stills opportunity outside Larrakeyah Barracks Entrance gates, Packard Street at approximately 09:00.
Please contact Defence Housing Australia for more information.
Peter Howmann (Defence Housing Australia) 0409 661 600
Alice Plate (Media Adviser for Minister Snowdon) 0400 045 999