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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 30 – BUSINESS CASE

- 30 – BUSINESS CASE FOR NAVY COMMITTEE OR DELEGATE CONSIDERATION B/C TITLE: ESTABLISHMENT OF A PERMANENT DETACHMENT OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY BAND IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA B/C Title: NK For Consideration by: DGNPT/DGNBM Prepared by: DMUS-N Date: 26 August 2002 Sponsor: CCSG MHQ Consultations: MCAUST, COSMHQ, CCSG, CO HMAS Stirling, Bandmaster WANB, NHQ Security Classification: Unclassified References: A. NTC Minute 1172/99 of 16 Jun 99 B. NHQ Minute 2002/99 of 5 Jul 99 (CN 98/1127) C. DMUS-N Minute 59/01 of 28 Mar 01 D. DGNPT Minute 294/01 of 11 Apr 01 E. HMAS Stirling Minute 918/01 of 15 May 01 F. DGNPT Minute 435/01 of 15 Jun 01 G. DMUSN Business Case of Dec 01 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1. The Royal Australian Navy Band is a prestigious ceremonial unit of the Australian Defence Force, and is one of Australia’s premier military ensembles. The band consists of two major detachments of professional musicians stationed at the naval establishment HMAS Kuttabul, Potts Point, New South Wales and HMAS Cerberus, Westernport, Victoria. A third detachment consists of reserve musicians who are stationed in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, and Perth. 2. This proposal seeks to establish a permanent detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band in Western Australia. The successful outcome of this Business Case would: • support Chief of Navy Goal 6 ‘Promote the Navy’, • improve recruiting, • provide additional fleet support and public relations activities on those occasions when the current reserve detachment is not available, and • support wider Australian Defence Force activities in the west. 3. Major considerations within this proposal are: • the impact on the East Coast detachments; • personnel costs including removals and housing; • facilities; • outcomes within the Musician Category Plan; and • additional garrison support costs such as transport, power, phones, and the provision of local area network services. 4. Consultations have been undertaken with the Maritime Commander—Australia, the Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, the Director of Naval Officer Postings and the Director of Sailors’ Career Management. All stakeholders have strongly supported the proposal and can identify no impediments to its earliest implementation. 5. It is recommended that following favourable consideration of this Business Case by Naval Headquarters, the Director of Music—Navy be given approval to proceed with positioning a permanent detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band in Western Australia at the earliest opportunity. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 31 - INTRODUCTION Background 6. The reserve detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band in Western Australia comprises of members of the Australian Naval Reserve and has been in existence since November 1957; it is known as the West Australia Naval Band. During this time it has served the Royal Australian Navy admirably; notwithstanding limited manpower and the limited time reserve musicians have available for commitments due to their civilian employment and family responsibilities. 1 7. In 1994, the Australian Army Band Perth—a full time unit—was reduced to a reserve band also with limited resources. This situation placed great strain on the musical capabilities of the Australian Defence Force in Western Australia to meet ceremonial, public relations, fleet, recruiting and Vice-Regal requirements. 2 8. Significantly, almost 60 percent of the fleet is home-ported at HMAS Stirling, 3 and the West Australia Naval Band can only fulfil limited local requirements. Many excellent public relations and recruiting opportunities are missed due to the non-availability of the band during the Monday to Friday period. Objective 9. The objective of this project is to establish a permanent detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band in Western Australia. Scope 10. This project involves establishing a permanent detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band in Western Australia from current manpower levels. Constraints 11. The following constraints must be met while undertaking this project: • No increase to overall permanent musician category personnel numbers. • No increase to the band’s national operating budget. • Project completion cannot be achieved without current vacant positions being filled and instrumentation imbalances in the East Coast detachments being corrected. Assumptions 12. The following assumptions form part of this project: • The current reserve musicians would combine with the permanent detachment to form an integrated force for events of national significance. • The new permanent detachment would use current facilities in Perth. • Local housing authorities will be able to accommodate the increased number of personnel in Perth. 1 There is only one musician who meets the current Permanent Naval Force trade skills requirement. The remainder of personnel have backgrounds and skills from across other industry specialisations. These members do not have the skills required—nor are they available—for Continuous Full Time Service. 2 A point taken up frequently by politicians, State Governors and prominent community leaders is that there are no permanent Australian Defence Force (ADF) Bands in Western Australia while the East Coast boasts 10 full-time ADF Bands between Townsville and Melbourne. 3 Navy is the largest employer in Western Australia with one sixth of the Navy located there; however, it has the worst recruiting record of any state in Australia. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

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