Enoggera Barracks

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Enoggera Barracks
Type Military base
Site information
Owner Department of Defence
Controlled by Australian Army
Open to
the public
No
Condition Active
Site history
In use 1908 – present
Garrison information
Occupants HQ 1st Division
Enoggera Barracks (HLS)
IATA: noneICAO: YENO
Summary
Airport type Military HLS
Operator Australian Army
Location Brisbane, Queensland
Elevation AMSL 145 ft / 44 m
Coordinates 27°25′30″S 152°59′00″E / 27.42500°S 152.98333°E / -27.42500; 152.98333Coordinates: 27°25′30″S 152°59′00″E / 27.42500°S 152.98333°E / -27.42500; 152.98333
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YENO is located in Queensland
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Location in Queensland
Sources: AIP[1]

Enoggera Barracks (also known as Gallipoli Barracks) is an Australian Army base in the northwestern Brisbane suburb of Enoggera in Queensland. It was officially established in the early 20th century when the area was used for field training, although the area was used by military units as far back as the mid-1800s. Since then it has been developed into a modern military base, which is now home to units of the 7th and 11th Brigades as well as the headquarters of the 1st Division and the 16th Aviation Brigade.

History[edit]

The base has a long history, having been in existence officially since 1908, although the wider area has been used for military purposes since 1855.[2] Upon its establishment, the camp consisted of four paddocks that were used for training and drill—Bell, Fraser's, Rifle and Thompson's—and a number of rifle ranges were established there for use by civilian groups and units of the militia. Since then the base facilities have been expanded as the Army's presence there has grown through its involvement in the two World Wars and beyond.[3]

Currently the base is home to the majority of 7th Brigade units. With the reorganisation of 7th Brigade in 2007, there are also a couple of units from the 11th Brigade based at Enoggera.[4] There are currently over 3,000 personnel on site, making it one of the largest army bases in the country.[5][6]

In January 2011, Enoggera Barracks was the location of the headquarters for the Australian Defence Force's response to the 2010–2011 Queensland floods, Operation Queensland Flood Assist.[7]

The base facilities are currently undergoing a $770 million expansion, which will see the number of regular personnel based at Enoggera rise to about 5,600 by 2014. The upgrade will focus upon redevoloping the 7th Brigade's headquarters as well as construction of a new gym, an indoor pool and training centre, and an expansion of 8th/9th Battalion's lines.[8]

The 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment Memorial Walk is located in Enoggera Barracks. It was built and is maintained by members of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment Corporation of Brisbane.

Current units[edit]

Formations

Royal Australian Armoured Corps

Royal Australian Artillery

Royal Australian Engineers

Royal Australian Corps of Signals

  • 1st Signal Regiment (DJFHQ/1DIV)
    • 101 Signal Squadron
    • 130 Signal Squadron (Notional)
  • 7th Combat Signal Regiment (7BDE)
  • 136 Signal Squadron (Fixed/Strategic)

Royal Australian Infantry Corps

Royal Australian Army Medical Corps

Australian Army Band Corps

  • Australian Army Band — Brisbane
  • Royal Australian Artillery Band — Brisbane

Royal Australian Corps of Military Police

  • D Coy, 1 MP Battalion

Australian Army Cadets

  • Headquarters South Queensland Australian Army Cadets Brigade
  • 129th Army Cadet Unit

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ YENO – Enoggera (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 29 May 2014
  2. ^ Belham & Denham 2009, p. 265.
  3. ^ Belham & Denham 2009, pp. 265–270.
  4. ^ McBean, Graham (2007). "Historic transfer". Army. The Soldiers' Newspaper (1170 ed.). Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Brisbane Region". Defence Community Organisation, Australia. Retrieved 2007-10-31.  (This site requires a Username and password.)
  6. ^ "6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment: Unit Info". Department of Defence, Australia. Archived from the original on 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  7. ^ "Operation Queensland Flood Assist". Department of Defence. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Preece, Allira (2 February 2011). "Barracks overhaul to begin". North-West News. p. 3. 

References[edit]

  • Belham, David; Denham, Peter (2009). The Blue Diamonds: The History of 7th Brigade, 1915–2008. Puckapunyal, Victoria: Department of Defence.