Opening of Joint Logistics Unit (North) at Robertson Barracks, Holtze, NT
10 December 2014
A modern, purpose built wholesale storage facility, Joint Logistics Unit – North (JLU-N), was officially opened at Robertson Barracks in Holtze, Northern Territory today.
Minister for Defence’s representative, Senator Linda Reynolds said the logistics unit was one of seven being constructed under the Defence Logistics Transformation Program (DLTP).
“Defence needed a quicker and better way to deliver stores and equipment to troops at the right time and the right place, by creating a modern and efficient storage, distribution and maintenance network,” Senator Reynolds said.
“I am also pleased that part of the project included construction of the Western Access Road to Robertson Barracks which, when officially opened early next year, will reduce the traffic passing through the Knuckey Lagoon residential area.”
The JLU – N facility will hold Defence inventory items ranging from nuts and bolts to complex aircraft components. It was completed on time and on budget.
Commander Joint Logistics, Rear Admiral Clint Thomas, AM, CSC, RAN said the DLTP would employ efficient processes and technologies to improve and streamline Defence’s logistics network.
“The DLTP is a key opportunity to transform Defence’s logistics contracts, facilities and systems to drive efficiency for the future,” he said.
“The ultimate beneficiaries of this work will be the women and men of the Navy, Army and
Air Force, who rely on the delivery of fast and efficient logistics support, whether at home or abroad.”
At today’s opening, the facility was officially named The Major General Peter Haddad, AO, Joint Logistics Complex – Darwin (Joint Logistics Unit – North) in honour of Major General Haddad’s significant contribution as Commander Support Command, Australia and as the first Commander, Joint Logistics Command. The facility also has a street named after NT’s only Victoria Cross recipient from World War I, Captain Albert Borella, VC, MM (1881 – 1968).
Major General (retired) Haddad officially opened the new facility today in a ceremony attended by local and interstate dignitaries, including the Lord Major of Darwin, Katrina Fong Lim, Mayor of Palmerston, Ian Abbot and Mayor of Litchfield, Allan McKay.
Joint Logistics Unit – North facility opening imagery will be available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/fotoweb/
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